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Nanny’s Day by Leah Cypess

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"Nanny’s Day" is a 2012 science fiction short story by Leah Cypess. It is about an attorney who works so hard she is in danger of losing her child.


Are you one of those people who works too hard and too much and for too long? I am… sometimes. I didn’t used to be though. In fact, when I was younger I would make fun of people who did that – but as I got older I found that it was easy to slip into that type of behavior. (Don’t worry though – I’m trying to become more of a slacker!) Here is a story about one such woman – and it is guaranteed to tug on your heart-strings if you are a parent.

Non-Spoiler Summary

Mother & Child by Andy Magee, CC 2.0 license

Margaret is an attorney who works long hours and is frequently away from home. She is also the single mother of a 3 year old boy, Sammy – and that is the heart of the problem in this story. You see, at some future point the legal system has decided that sometimes children are more attached to their care-givers than to their real parents, and so care-givers can sue for custody. That isn’t too much of a problem as long as one changes nannies frequently, but Margaret forgot to do that and now she is paying the price. It’s a good thing she is a smart woman who can figure out just how to deal with an organized attack on her motherhood!

Some Interesting Tidbits

  • Word count: 6,177 (11 pages)
  • Did you know that Leah Cypess studied at Columbia Law School and practiced law in New York City? Yep. You can learn more about this fascinating author by reading her bio page.
  • "Nanny’s Day" has been nominated for the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

Where To Find Nanny’s Day

  • This short story first appeared in the March 2012 edition of Asimov’s Science Fiction.
  • You can read "Nanny’s Day" for free online at the author’s web site.

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