Why I don't feel guilty about being a working mother
When I tell people that I have just come back to work after a year on maternity leave, I am always surprised by the look of pity that spreads across their faces, the tone of sympathy in their voices, as if I am a small wounded animal or the sufferer of a terminal illness. "Oh no," they almost all say. "I'm so sorry for you. That must be so tough." They pause as a mark of respect for my plight, before shaking their heads and narrowing their eyes miserably. "Tell me, just how are you finding it?"