nancy
Nancy is a new mother who works full-time as an administrative assistant
at a local educational institution. When we spoke, she was trying to sur-
vive the grueling emotional and physical terrain of caring for an infant. As
our interview began, Emily briefly introduced our proj ect and reassured a
ner vous Nancy. “I have three little boys,” Emily explained, “a four- and- a-
half- year-old, a two-year-old, and a three-, almost four-month-old, so I get
it, don’t worry.” Our first question asked Nancy to simply “walk us through
your day” and “introduce us to your family.” Nancy replied,
This is our first child, so this is all new to us, but, I mean, it was some-
thing that my husband and I talked about, children, and were want-
ing to start a family, so this was part of our plan. He is ten months old
now, and my husband has a brother and he is a teacher, so he deals
with high school students. And I come from a family of three. We
conclusion
sOCIAlIZING HAPPINEss
(OR, wHY wE wROTE AN UNHAPPY BOOk)
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