Dear Dr. Laura,
I helped make the unemployment numbers go up!
I was new to my one-weekend-a-month job and was introduced to a GUY in one of the shops. (I'm old enough to be his Mother!) He was saying his wife just had a baby and she was upset because she would be going back to work soon. I asked him why she wasn't staying home and he went on about how if he had to work, she should too. They had bills. Why should she waste her degree? And other garbage that was just making me mad!
I said "You've got to be kidding me! Before you know it, he won't be a baby anymore! Man up!" He looked at me, smirked, shook his head and said, "You just don't get it!" I could feel the tensions rising and left.
At lunchtime, I walked into his office and asked to borrow the keys to his truck, so I could go have lunch. He looked at me totally confused and said, "What?" I said, “What's the problem? You'll leave your baby with someone you don't know all day, but you won't let me drive your truck?" I shrugged my shoulders and left.
The next month this MAN came up to me and said, "I just want to thank you. I sold my truck and my wife is staying home with our baby. I've never seen her so happy!" I told him how proud I was of him and that he'd never regret the decision. I swear he looked different! He looked proud and he looked like a man!