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Your Childless Friends Are Allowed to Be Tired, Too

"Oh, do not tell me you're tired!" 

My coworker loomed over me, scraping at a Yoplait container with fast jabs as she rattled off all the reasons I, as a non-parent, don't have the right to be tired. 

"You don't have kids; you wouldn't know," she leaned into my face and breathed heavily with strawberry-scented breath that heralded unknown terrors. "I'm exhausted. It's a nightmare." 

She pointed her spoon at me like it was the Mighty Yoplait Spoon of Truth. "So don't tell me about tired." 

Ladies, sit down. We need to have a conversation. 

Childless women are allowed to be tired. 

That's it. That's the conversation. Life can sometimes be exhausting or painful for everyone for a myriad of reasons, regardless of their parental status. 

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