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ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am a single 25 year old woman who has been working at my job for three years. I started working here right out of college and I'm a very hard worker. My problem is that this is an all woman office and I am the only woman without children. Whenever any other woman here needs to leave early to pick up her kids, which happens a lot, my boss (also a woman with children) asks me to stay late and cover for them.


The late U. S. President John F. Kennedy said in 1962, "there is always inequity in life...Life is unfair."

I am sick of being the "cover" girl.

I want to tell them that I am not going to cover for them but, they have seniority on me, the boss is one of them and I am afraid I might lose my job, which I really like.

What can I do to keep my job but lose the cover time?

Kidless and Overworked

Dear Kidless and Overworked

One day you may have children of your own and then you will see how difficult it is to work full time and still give children the attention they need. It is much harder than you think. Your boss understands your fellow workers. They all love their children but they envy you the freedom you have when you leave your work place.

If you can find the kindness to help these poor, tired, stressed, beleaguered souls out, then please do it and do it with grace. If you cannot do this, then speak to your boss, again with grace, and tell her your feelings about being taken advantage of.

You didn't state in your letter whether you are being paid overtime for these extra hours. If not, mention this to your boss also, as it is against the law in many jurisdictions, to not pay time and one half overtime. You may be owed a lot of money.

To sum up: Work the time, and get paid the overtime pay, with kindness and grace and savor your time off without children or

Bring your grievances to your boss, gracefully and clearly (writing your points of disagreement out ahead of time helps a lot,) and see what happens or

Find a new job where you ascertain beforehand that you won't be the "cover girl."

The late U. S. President John F. Kennedy said in 1962, "there is always inequity in life...Life is unfair." But, Angel says "You will be rewarded right here on earth if you can be an angel and find the good heart to help these working mothers."

Here's looking at you, Kidless,

Angel

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The Right Way To Live

The life cycle is all backwards. You should start out dead; just get it out of the way right off.

Then you come to life and wake up in a senior care facility and start feeling better every day.

You get kicked out of there for being too healthy, go collect your pension, then, when you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day.

You work 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement.

You drink , you party, you're at your sexual peak and you get ready for High School.

After High School, you go to primary school, you become a kid, you play or nap all day, you have no responsibilities.

Eventually you become a baby with no cares whatsoever. Then, you spend your last 9 months floating peacefully with luxuries like central heating, spa treatments, room service on tap, larger living quarters everyday...and then... you finish off it off by dissolving into an egg and some liquid.

It would have to be better that way ... because this getting older just stinks!

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