You know that self editing loop that you do.
Come on, we all do it – who might find this, who might read this, how might it be taken and then sometimes you say meh and just do it anyway – sorry that’s where I am and I reserve the right to take this down.
Well despite knowing that this might get read in the wrong way I’m posting it and I may regret it but at least it provides a data point for other people and perhaps a contrast to the tabloid perception of my way of life.
My husband works in the City and is on a project at the moment.
I work in the City too.
But my inability to work in the way my husband has over the last two months is the main reason I’m on the Mummy Track.
Mr left home at 7something yesterday and hasn’t been back since. I think he managed to grab a couple of hours kip somewhere in his office overnight.
No more than that.
Its now 8.15pm.
And I have had a chat with him.
A chat that lasted 1 minute 42 seconds. So far the shortest yet but not a lot shorter than our chats on the previous few nights.
A short chat with me rapidly telling him that all was ok on the home front and him saying he thought it was unlikely he’d be home anytime soon – perhaps tomorrow morning, perhaps not.
And when I read in the press that everyone who works in the City is a Fat Cat I know that, yes there are a few very senior people who make a stupid amount of money, the sort of money that can’t really be justified, an eye wateringly ridiculous amount of money.
But you see then there are the rest of the City workers who are working ridiculous hours and terms (remember our family holiday? the one that didn’t actually happen? that’s not unusual) but who can’t do anything about that because it is what is the done thing – because this is what we do and already 40% of our company have been fired and we need to pay our mortgage.
Perhaps next time you read the papers and assume that everyone who works in the City is a Fat Cat you’ll remember this.
I’m not asking for sympathy.
I’m not saying that City salaries are right.
In fact I acknowledge that there are other people who do these ridiculous, relationship destroying hours and we need to find a way to make sure that they get paid properly. I have searched to find a link to send you to so you can do something but I can’t find a link to somewhere that campaigns for a just wage for jobs – if you know of one, please let me know so I can link to it – its a charity to I’d like to contribute to.