When most are happy with coming home and raking the leaves into the tree lawn for whatever municipality to come and pick up, there is me, lining my tree lawn with dog poop to teach those little brats a lesson for ruining my carefully racked leaves by jumping in them.
Look what retail has done to me. I'm jaded and bitter.
When Halloween is over I feel like, every year since 2006, I kiss my wife and child [now children] goodbye until New Years Day. 50 hour work weeks, going to work when it's dark outside and coming home when it's dark outside are all part of the hell of the holidays.
Most people are making plans to spend the holidays with their families out of town, I am busy trying to figure out how to get extra rest.
Not only do I have to manage my time with my family, but my situation is further complicated by Audrey's mom and her schedule. I play a balancing act between my work schedule, my wife's work schedule, and Audrey's family obligations on both sides, and the list goes on. The holidays are a subject of much anxiety for me every year, and I can feel that uneasy feeling coming back as November 1st approaches.
My wife likes to see her family on the holidays. Who wouldn't? But with her family 5 hours away, getting enough days off to make it to Thanksgiving is tough, let alone getting back to Ohio the next day so I can work is nearly impossible. We did it last year, and it was tough, but this year I have zero control. I am at the mercy if my manager.
This year, I had to tell my wife I didn't get the day before Thanksgiving off, thus squashing our plans unless I can convince a co-worker to switch with me, which will be nearly impossible because I think he got his days in the request book just minutes before me..
You don't know the hurt that causes. You have no idea what it feels like to tell the most amazing woman in the world sorry, but I can't get time off. It's like drowning a kitten. It puts my wife in a position to travel without me, causing endless guilt on her end for traveling to see her family while I spend my nights working.
It sucks that I have a job that prevents me from taking vacation days after November 1st-December 27th, but I'm not alone. There are millions of Americans who work retail and can't get off on the same days and I'm sure some are in the same boat.
So if you read my blog and I seem a bit grumpy, now you know.
Welcome to the holidays in retail, I hate them!