by Mrs. Crabcakes - Ketchikan, Alaska
is not intended to be taken to heart as serious advice.
November 01, 2004
I've seen the 'test' for alcoholism, where if you can answer "yes" to 3 or more questions, you have a drinking problem. I've seen similar quizzes for drug abuse, gambling, and sex addiction. What I'm wondering is, is there a test for 'workaholics'?
I make enough money to pay our bills and put some away each month, yet my wife still works long hours. We have 5 sons and two daughters, and they only see their mother at night when she's making dinner or cleaning house on the weekends. She used to be home all the time, but says she needs something other than the children to make her happy. We have plenty for her to do here, so I don't understand her attitude. She just can't tear herself away from the job, and I'm getting sick of it. Is there a test?
HOUSE WITHOUT A SPOUSE
DEAR HOUSE W.A.S.,
You two have 7 kids? You're
lucky she comes home at all. If it were me, I'd come home to
shower in the middle of the night and sneak back out again...
I mean, what is wrong with that woman? Can you imagine her
nerve, not wanting to stay home all day every day washing dishes
and dirty socks? Oh well, to each her own. I think it's safe
to say, you don't need a test. If she's working full time and
has 7 kids to take care of on top of it, she's an involuntary
workaholic. Then again, she could be stashing money to escape.
Or raising the necessary funds to send the kids to boarding school...
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