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Balancing the Books

by Blue Gal

Meg lay on the operating table in the quasi-stupor that comes from being numb from the armpits down. As an accountant with the Social Security Administration, she knew more than her obstetrician thought she did: that on average, he lost money with every baby he delivered. Yes, she'd see him for a couple of post-partum visits, but unless she had a third (and of course her tubes were being done right after the delivery), there was not much more serious cash he could get out of her insurance company once the baby was out. She couldn't feel the C-section incision or too much of the extraction, but she heard the fanfare of men's shouts when her daughter's body emerged. The celebrations and congratulations Oh she's beautiful! All right! Woot! came not just from her husband but also from Doctor Verigan, who didn't cry like Jeff did, naturally, but his eyes twinkled. Only then did she think, Ah, they're a growth industry, babies.

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Blue Gal writes for lots of blogs, most notably Blue Gal, The Aristocrats, and Crooks and Liars. Her own blog Blue Gal is a winner of both the 2006 Weblog Award for her audience size category, as well as the Postie Award given by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. She has been blogging and community-building with small bloggers since Election Day, 2004. Her three wonderful children often feed themselves and know to look for her in the computer room.

11 comments:

Madam Z said...

It's interesting to see how an accountant's mind works, even during the most non-numerical circumstances. As a fellow bean-counter, I thank you for the smile.

Quin Browne said...

love the way you layered this.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this very much. I need my literature in small doses these days - it's the only way to fit it in. I'm so glad you do short pieces such as these.

Dr. Zaius said...

Careful. I think that your "growth industry" is putting oatmeal in your DVD drive. (Again.)

Batocchio said...

Nice.

doug said...

I'm glad you didn't go for the trite surprise ending (that Dr. V is the father). That's a little bit too much of the good doc investing in his future career. (Now, if the pediatrician had been the father, that would have been even more true!)

Fine work ;)

Jacob said...

My wife and I, having had three of these "growth industries," which multiplied to seven more "Grand growth industries," I must say that babies also create or grow industries.

I've got the receipts to prove it!

Nice work, BG.

Jacob - Contextual Criticism

james said...

you are a wonderful writer, here and elsewhere, and your work always shines. there. i was going to try for six sentences myself, but sometimes there's only one way to say the thing that ought to be said, and i wish now i had said it long ago. thanks, blue gal. oh god, i think i just stretched it to six. blush.

enigma4ever said...

very very nice...and nice to read something else by you ...you are a good writer...keep it up...

mark hoback said...

Nice job, BG.

Freida Bee said...

Is it okay that the last line of your bio is my favorite one?

I love you story.