Working the holidays to get away from family... - page 3

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Who loves to work the holidays? Why? Is it for the extra money? Time away from the family? You love helping others? Share your story. Click Like if you enjoyed it. Please share this with friends and post your... Read More


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    Quote from imintrouble
    As my mind sometimes does, I've wondered a bit off topic while reading the posts.
    I'm old....er. The days when I awakened at 0400 on christmas morning to whispers and gigles from my children are long gone. I miss those days more than I can say. I cannot imagine not having those memories in my head.
    Having said that, just because I don't have little ones in my house does not mean I should be expected to give up my Christman morning, Halloween, or any other holiday that centers around children. The nurses with little children, expect those of us without, to give up those days as if what we may have planned is secondary to what they have planned. I'm sure it is to them.
    I'm expected to give up my New Years Eve, because God knows I'm too old to party.
    Does anybody but me resent the unspoken assumption that youth trumps age in matters of family?
    I agree with you completely. Don't get me wrong. During the holidays when it is my 2 daughters mother's turn to have them, I happily volunteer to cover another tech's hours (I'm currently an HVAC/R Tech). But it is MY choice. I don't think its right for anyone to have a stronger or weaker chance of working the holidays due to family status.
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    By the way, there are a couple of NON-holidays I always avoided like the plague: Tues after Labor Day, and the 1st Monday after the New Year. All the 'suits' are there, ready to kick rears and take names. Fun is over, get back to work!!
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    Quote from prmenrs
    By the way, there are a couple of NON-holidays I always avoided like the plague: Tues after Labor Day, and the 1st Monday after the New Year. All the 'suits' are there, ready to kick rears and take names. Fun is over, get back to work!!


    lol, this post, reminded me of a time, on christmas day, when i was working day shift. I was a cigarette smoker at the time, and our hospital had very strict policy that any smoking employees, must cross street, walk a block, to lit up.

    well, it was c-mas, and it was pouring rain, and freezing,
    so i just stepped outside the back door, walked about 50 feet from the door, still under the roof, and lit up. Another employee came out, and said, "Don't you know, that you must cross the street?"

    and i kinda chuckled and called out, "OH, it's a holiday! All the big chiefs are gone, no one but us small-fry here today!"


    and i swear, just at that exact moment, the CEO of the hospital walked out, heard my words, looked right at me, smiled and shook his head, (and luckily for me,) walked away. (whew!)
    I couldn't have been more shocked. Was like a scene out of a Seinfeld tv show....
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    Jean Marie,

    What a sweet story. I think all children should have exposure to those who are less fortunate, whether they are poor, sick, elderly, disabled, etc. It builds empathy and compassion at a young age, and kids don't get enough exposure to that sort of thing anymore. I used to visit the elderly homebound with my mom when I was little, and it definitely shaped the way I view the world.

    Your story also reminded me of when I was a little girl, my dad was out of the country and my mom was in the hospital. My sister, 14 years my senior, took me with her to some college classes. Most professors I am sure cocked an eyebrow at the five year old sitting in the back of a chemistry class, but we didn't have any other options. I remember her classmates giving me magazines to look at, and putting on a white coat (which was huge on me) for lab. I got the sense that the students enjoyed me being there - they thought it was cute, my sister was proud of me, and I felt like a big girl to be with them - definitely a confidence and self-esteem builder. I'm sure your children felt the same, and it is clear you are very proud of your children and they way they behaved that Christmas, as you should be.

    I guess there's a lot to be said for "bring your kids to work day", especially on Christmas


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