NAVIGATING A PC WORLD: A Stay-At-Home Mom’s Guide to Small Talk, by Faith Moore.
You’ve said your polite hellos, ascertained how you both know the host, discussed the merits of the cheese platter and come back around to what a lovely party it is. The smiles are freezing on your faces and you’ve both taken a drink from your glass to fill the awkward silence. It’s inevitable. She goes first: “So, what do you do?”
You thought this interaction was awkward before! Just wait until I’ve answered that question. You see, I’m a stay-at-home mom. Not a staying-home-for-a-little-while-then-going-back-to-work mom, a stay-at-home mom. Which surprisingly, as far as I’m concerned, is kind of hard for people to deal with. Particularly working moms.