Three American Mothers, On the Brink
Eleven months, multiple breakdowns, one harrowing realization: They’ve got to get back up and do it all again tomorrow.
This is a harrowing and infuriating human interest story.
But also... what and why is this person doing nothing useful at all.
“She and her husband both had early work trainings that morning — training Mercedes actually wanted to engage in. “Yet he gets to lock himself in his office all day while I’m expected to entertain Mila and make breakfast for everyone,” she said. “Why can’t he do it? Why am I expected to do it all?”
Her husband is the primary breadwinner in their family, so she knows that is part of the answer. But on this day, it was as if the world was rubbing it in her face.
Mila was crying to play and Eddie kept telling her “later” — then disappearing into his office. While Mercedes was on the phone with a client whose mother had died, Mila began screaming “MAMA!” and Eddie began popping popcorn. Later, as she worked, trying to keep Mila entertained, he took a nap on the couch.”Posted on 2021-02-05T16:39:21+0000