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I chose the pants option.

I have never been absent from the work force for longer than three months. When I was pregnant with my first, I had to leave work @ 7 months due to premature labor. At the time, my company only paid for three months maternity leave, so I was back at work 4 weeks after delivering.

With my second child, I worked until the day before I delivered, and returned to work 4 weeks later, again.

Additionally, there were 3 gaps due to unemployment; one for 3 months (with 3 months severence), one for 4 months (6 weeks severence) and one for 6 months (3 months severence). The usual cold/flu, car repair, etc. were other reasons for absence, never more than a week and usually 2 - 3 days.

Started working full time 1971, haven't stopped yet with the exceptions above. Far less than the average 11.5 years!
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