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 proj­ect and reassured a
ner­vous Nancy. “I have three ­ lit tle 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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