It’s By Design

“But, men are better-suited to a job. Women are nurturers, better-suited to home life and childcare.”

She looked his way, watching her nonverbal incredulity fly over his head.

“You think work’s some sort of vacation, but it’s difficult. It’s boring, too.”

She could see the piles of laundry behind him, an out-of-focus background to his immaculately-suited person. Disorder framed order: a juxtaposition between her expected daily high point and his.

“It’s true. I read a study that women are happier at home.”

She sighed, wondering which pile hid happiness.

“Trust me.” He kissed her pale cheek. “It’s by design.”


What came to mind for Carrot Ranch‘s prompt: to include the phrase “by design.”

December 26, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes the phrase by design. It can be used in any manner — a label, a mantra, a story. Go where the prompt leads!

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©2019 Chelsea Owens

34 thoughts on “It’s By Design

  1. Splendid writing, Chelsea. As a woman who works in corporate, I think it depends on the person. Some women chose a career and when they have children, make an active decision to take the lower road so they can balance their home and work life. Some chose to focus on their careers and use the money they earn to pay for good care for their children. It is probably to do with hormones. I took the lower road and am happy I did.

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  2. I hate when people throw out pop psychology and pretend to be deep seated philosophers from the mysterious mountain on high and cherry pick “research” to pad their egos. Ugh. Well written.

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