The Awkwardness of Being the Only Person Without a Kid

For now, I guess I’ll just have to continue being the odd man out until I finally become a parent myself

Lindsey (Lazarte) Carson
3 min readJun 15, 2022
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There’s nothing more awkward than being the odd man (or woman) out, especially when it comes to the workplace.

I’ve always thought of the workplace as an adult version of a high school cafeteria. You’ve got the popular kids, the smart kids, the wallflowers, etc. However, when it comes to work, we can’t choose who we work with. And because of that, we have to endure a decent amount of small talk throughout the work day.

If you’re in an office environment, some would refer to this type of small talk as “water cooler talk”, but ever since the pandemic, water cooler talk now happens over video calls, which — for those of you who know — can be extremely uncomfortable at times.

When we’re constantly on video calls, being our fully authentic self can be a bit tricky due to the lack of face to face interaction. And some of us like to keep our work life and personal life completely separate from each other, so small talk becomes even smaller. However, after the past few years of living through a pandemic, there’s been a tremendous amount of overlap between our work life and home life that’s somewhat inevitable.

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Lindsey (Lazarte) Carson

Writer, Runner, Mother. I write about work, relationships, culture, and life in general.