Ive never done a post “rerun” before but as I just came back in from collecting mail from TWO different neighbor’s mail boxes who have vacated the premises with their children for Spring Break , this post came to mind. Maybe I am just Jealous: I posted this in March of 2010:
For some unknown reason, Pharmacy Chick filled about 4 prescriptions today for people preparing for their spring break. I have to commend these individuals for actually PLANNING ahead, usually an anomaly for the general public, so whoo hoo to you!.
My tech and I got to talking about the anual spring break phenomena that many Americans have come to love. I personally have no understanding of this springtime exodus. In the state I grew up in, we had no spring break in grade school, jr high or high school. WE had a long Easter weekend, which meant thurs and friday off. Thats it. Once I got to college, I got to experience this “spring break” that everybody yaks about, but for me, there was certainly no “break” in Chickville. I hopped on the 1:20 bus back home and by 5 pm I was often already in my work clothes at the Dairy Queen.
I kid you not. I was spring BROKE. I needed money and the lofty idea that I would spend the week frolicking on some beach in Mexico, or screaming my head off on the rollercoaster at Disney World was as unrealistic as my sprouting wings and flying under my own power. I would pick up shifts at the steak house I used to work at in high school or I’d make ice cream cones at DQ. Once I became an intern, I’d work for $4.10 an hour filling rx’s all week. What is MY intern going to do over spring break? GO TO FRIGGIN HAWAII. Oh, and just so you wouldn’t think I was lazy, I would fill rx’s during the day AND do the Dairy Queen at night. Now that is a brain trip!
And basically the same thing applied to the Christmas holiday too. I essentially would work from the night I got home until the day before I went back to school. Mom and dad worked hard to help out with the tuition. I wouldn’t even want to see their expression if I asked to VACATION during spring break when they couldn’t vacation PERIOD.
Times change apparently. During the Christmas break, my intern (who initially said he wanted as many hours as we could give him) completed exactly 2 shifts in 2 weeks, but managed a trip to Phoenix to hang out. Sadly… I had scheduled him…not as extra help but as regular help to relieve the corporate scheduler who was burdened by covering my tech who is out with medical treatment. yea, that worked out well.
My phone message went something like this ” Hey Chick, this is Mike, your intern (like I needed reminding). I’m not coming in this week, as my wife and I are going to see her folks in Phoenix” “yea, sorry about that”..*click*.
Parents pack up their kids and haul them to exotic destinations, and for some, this 9 day period isn’t even enough. My neighbor is taking their kids out of school 3 days early so they can jet out of here sooner. Cabo, Orlando, Miami, San Diego, Acapulco, Hawaii…
My children (had I given birth to any) would have been the unluckiest children on the planet. They probably would have had the same kind of spring breaks I had. And hopefully, learned a lot more about responsibility and accountability in the real world.
Now, would you like that cone dipped in chocolate?