Last week, I was talking with one of my co-worker friends about the upcoming holiday season. She asked me if I plan to take Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas off and I told her that I did. I always use my vacation days for those particular days because I have long-standing Christmas Eve traditions and I like to relax the day after Christmas.
She told me that she thinks that people without children, like myself, should offer to work those days so that mothers with young children get first "dibs" on holidays. What?! I was taken aback! First of all, I save vacation days throughout the year so that I can take those particular days off. Second of all, I felt like she was discriminating against me because I don’t have any children! I truly believe she wasn’t trying to be malicious, but I was really offended so I told her how I felt. She backtracked and told me that she just thought it would be a nice thing for childless women to do. Even though I don’t have children, I still have a family that I enjoy spending time with!
I didn’t get into it any further with her because it wouldn’t have ended well, but I stand by my decision and I will be enjoying my Christmas vacation.