By Sarah Bilston
Quinn "Q" Boothroyd is a tender British attorney married to an American and dwelling in ny urban. She's checked off lots of the containers on her "Modern Woman's checklist of items to Do ahead of Hitting 30," and her busy operating lifestyles has been particularly painless. but if her health care professional tells her she needs to spend the final 3 months of her being pregnant mendacity in mattress, Q is thrown right into a tailspin. firstly bored and annoyed, Q quickly fills her days by way of attempting to reconnect together with her workaholic husband, offer felony recommendation for her candy Greek neighbor, forge new emotional bonds along with her mom and sisters, and work out who will retain her stocked up in cookies and sandwiches.
Q studies adventures at the sofa she by no means could have encountered within the legislations enterprise and learns much approximately herself and what she desires out of life—and peculiarly, concerning the boy or girl growing to be within her.
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She also told me her plans to expand the yoga business over the next year—she wants to hire a second instructor, which seems like an excellent idea, if only to facilitate those beach trips and maybe, just maybe, so she can come out here and see the baby. It’s funny, in spite of her profamily pitch, it doesn’t seem to have crossed her mind to keep me company for a week or two while I’m on bed rest. Can’t leave the yoga studio, she says. Now, isn’t that an example of work getting in the way of family?
Have you tried ylang-ylang? ME: My own fault? How is this my fault? HER: I don’t want to say this wouldn’t have happened if you lived in England . . ME: What do you mean? How has this got anything to do with where I live? This has nothing to do with where I live! 24 ■ Sarah Bilston HER: I said I didn’t want to tell you it had something to do with moving to America— ME: You think this is all about my hours, don’t you? Here we go again! You think I’d be working less hard in London, and that all my problems are caused by the crazy American work ethic.
True, he played the piano beautifully, and he had a wonderful voice; I vividly recall him singing war songs (“If You Were the Only Girl in the World,” “Roses in Picardy,” “We’ll Meet Again”) to me and my sisters when we were in the bath. Not, I hasten to add, that he’d actually served in the army; he missed the Second World War by a few years, which was probably a good thing, because he couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag as my mother used to say. He spent half his life on the dole, the other half shuttling between low-level temporary jobs—gardener, substitute teacher, children’s entertainer (my bendy balloon dog collection was the envy of all my friends).
Bed Rest by Sarah Bilston