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When A Tornado Hits A Toy Store: Photo Shows Reality Of Working From Home With Kids


Let's recall what the Wizard of Oz once said - pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Last week, a scientist and mother pulled back the curtain on her own life. And a lot of people paid a lot of attention.


WOLF BLITZER: I'm Wolf Blitzer. And you're in the situation room, where news...

INSKEEP: CNN interviewed Gretchen Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

GRETCHEN GOLDMAN: I was invited on to react to news that a person who does not accept climate science was just appointed to the federal agency in charge of weather and climate.


During the interview, her husband took a picture of her. And it shows Goldman with her laptop propped on a chair that itself is balancing on a coffee table in a room that's been turned upside-down by her two toddlers.

GOLDMAN: There's a Thomas the Train Engine toy that's there. There's a box of balls and other debris (laughter) that's on the floor of my house.

KING: Debris - it looks like a tornado hit a toy store.

GOLDMAN: Someone pointed out that a green triangle from my son's shape-sorter toy was wedged between the side table and the wall and said, if he's looking for that, note that it's there (laughter).

INSKEEP: Naturally, it would be there. Our co-host, Rachel Martin, said on Twitter, I love this woman.

GOLDMAN: It's resonating with people. Parents are being put in an impossible situation now, working from home while managing the emotional and physical safety of children. And it's just laughably infeasible to be able to do that.

INSKEEP: Goldman says she's lucky to be able to work from home. But at the same time...

GOLDMAN: It is absolutely exhausting to both work and care for children all day. You feel like you're failing at both. And I've just really been amazed to see how many people really feel this struggle. And I'm glad I can at least help make light of it in the short-term.


INSKEEP: Gretchen Goldman, who says she does not expect her workspace to look much better anytime soon. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Barry Gordemer is an award-winning producer, editor, and director for NPR's Morning Edition. He's helped produce and direct NPR coverage of two Persian Gulf wars, eight presidential elections, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and hurricanes Katrina and Harvey. He's also produced numerous profiles of actors, musicians, and writers.