I was out shopping last night when I heard a couple of college-age ladies, who were co-workers, speaking as they closed up shop. One of them mentioned she had worked eight hours yesterday, like this was a monumental feat!
There were a couple of reasons I found this a bit humorous. First, my darling husband works six days a week for, at least, 10 hours a day doing a lot of hard, physical labor. So does his over-60 father. And, you'll find them smiling about 90% of the time. When people complain about their tough work hours to him, I have to stifle a laugh. (Just as a dairy farmer would have to laugh if my husband complained to him.)
The other reason I found this a bit humorous was because of the fact that I'm a mother. I've had single, working women complain to me before about their work hours. "I worked nine and a half hours yesterday!" "I just worked 10 days straight! I am so ready for vacation!"
OK, some advice. Never complain about how difficult your job is to a mom. Moms work, at least, 12-15 hours a day. I'm not going to say 24 because we do get to sleep, though we are on call for every hours of the day, every day of the year, for, 20-30 (or more) years. And, moms don't get a day off. True, the older my children get, I have more opportunities to sleep in during the summer or on Saturdays. But, it's usually at a cost. I either don't get my morning shower and I don't get my needed quiet time with the Lord. When you're single, you can get up at 10:00 a.m. on your day off and still grab a cup of coffee along with your Bible and cozy up for your time with God.
Vacation - I won't lie. In the past 2 years, I have been blessed with 2 vacations. I went to Florida in 2007 and to Virginia in 2008 - no husband, no children! These trips were extremely relaxing and I enjoyed every minute of them!
Both were about 3 days long and they were 11 months apart. I came back from my trip to VA in March and am still working. And some young women complain about working more than five days straight and only are allowed 7 sick days and 14 vacation days - each year?
I won't even touch the sick days part of this.
Working moms -- all I have to say is, my hat is off to them. I honestly don't know how they do it. They have the pressures of an outside job and come immediately home to care for their families and home the best they can. I've heard being a stay-at-home mom is more difficult, but, I just don't know about that.
I'm not here to pat myself on the back and tote motherhood as the most grueling job in existence. I applaud the career person for being a contributing member of society and to their company. Every job has its good and bad points. I just advise everyone to take in consideration who they take their complaints to.
Eight hours. In a shoe store. Wow. That woman deserves a medal.