Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Punching the Clock

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Punching the Clock

Article excerpt

Our children, now lanky teenagers and just past

The part where it's all about them, are hilariously

Interested about such odd parental phrases as the

Cat's pajamas and punching a clock and Captain

Kangaroo and bomb shelter. Every other day we

Have to explain, to general entertainment, things

Like this, and I have found that thrashing toward

Definition leaves me pondering them for a while.

I did punch a clock, for my first professional job;

I had not thought of that in thirty years. This was

In Chicago, and at four minutes to five the lobby

Of the building would fill with people from three

Floors, waiting to punch out. It was a small lobby

And no one said anything, and there wasn't a line.

It was sort of a sweet time, actually. People knew

Who should go first: the charwomen and janitors. …

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