"I just want one Christmas where I’m not emotionally devastated."
Many people got what they called burnout. I had it for a short period of time. You’d go to the sick bay and say ‘I don’t feel well. ’ They’d say ‘What’s the matter?’ and you’d say ‘I don’t know,’ and maybe you’d just cry or something.
And they’d put you to bed for about four and a half days, with a big jug of water. All you’d remember is wandering in and out of bed, drinking water and sleeping. After about four and a half days you’d wake up.
Ruth Bourne, a bombe (codebreaking machine) operator at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. From “The Secret Life of Bletchley Park”, Sinclair McKay (2010)
HOW COME YOU GOTTA MARRY SOMEONE AND LIVE WITH THEM AND HAVE BABIES WHY CAN’T YOU JUST BUY A HOUSE WITH YOUR BEST FRIENDS AND JUST EAT PIZZA EVERYDAY AND PLAY GAMES ALL THE TIME IT WOULD BE LIKE A LIFE LONG SLEEPOVER AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BREAKUPS OR THE D