This is my Halloween costume today. Two place mats joined together and draped over my shoulders with some decorative leaves attached here and there. A diaper pin dangling from one ear. I wonder how long it will take my work colleagues to guess that I am a “maternity leave” or mat leave for short. If they say, “That’s not scary.” I will say, “Knowing I’ll be out of a job again in a year is verrrry scarrrrry to me.