Anne Pank* is 40-something. She is a woman. She has a head, two arms and two legs. She is fairly normal. She is divorced (many, MANY – maybe even a thousand – years ago). She is a single mum of none but courtesy aunt to four girls and six boys. She loves her family and friends and life. She is happy.
Ms Pank** is an English language teacher living in Barcelona. She arrived here via a journalism degree from London, several temping jobs including sitting in a cupboard at the Clothes Show production office, staring at a computer screen for hours, (not typing, just staring) in a basement somewhere near Buckingham Palace, stuffing envelopes at Fuji headquarters and assisting the Beauty Editor of Company Magazine and Clothes Show Magazine. A temp position as a receptionist at a medical PR company led to 18-months of freelance writing work producing a bi-weekly medical press report for the pharmaceutical industry – absolutely NO experience whatsoever, but don’t mention it to anyone.
After four years working as an event producer in Canary Wharf and a close encounter with a psychopathic CEO of a large, international banking organisation that shall remain nameless, she moved to Liverpool to manage an international Jazz Festival for the local authority, which she did lovingly until 2011 when drastic cuts were imposed by David Cameron and his cronies after the Conservatives won the election of 2010, of which she was one. She swiftly retrained and bought a one-way ticket to BCN after an old and dear friend offered to put a roof over her head.
After a decade in the dark, unrecognised as a PANK, she has now decided to come out, loud and proud, document life and share with the world (whether it wants it or not) her extensive experiences of panking. Join hands and say it with me fellow PANKS, “I love children but I
am in absolutely no fit state or responsible enough by any stretch of the imagination to have don’t want my own! I AM A PANK, I AM PROUD!”
*Anne Pank is a character/pseudonym/nom de plume
**PANK = Professional, Aunt, No kids. The acronym came to prominence at the end of 2013 when a flurry of articles surfaced addressing the growing number of childless women, formerly, and may I say, adorably known as ‘SPINSTER AUNTS‘, although it is thought the term was first coined by Melanie Notkin, founder of SavvieAuntie.com as far back as 2008.