Owen Hyrick – The Grooves of the Blade of the Key

When I informed my father of my decision to cut down from full- to part-time employment, he was indignant: ‘If you aren’t going to bring home a proper wage, you’d damn well better start doing more around the house!’ At first, this arrangement didn’t seem too disagreeable. It soon became apparent, however, that the old man expected me to do a great many more domestic chores than I had anticipated. So in order to meet his expectations, or at the very least approach them, I decided to withdraw from employment altogether.