After my maternity leave with Joshua, I returned to work in November 2011. I had a lot of accumulated vacation days to use up, so I opted to work 4 days a week, and take every Friday as a vacation day. This has worked very well for us, as I get to spend Fridays at home with everybody, and still get a full-time pay cheque.
Starting this week, however, I have agreed to work 5 days a week until my next maternity leave. Fall is generally a busier time for us at work, and we were expecting some tax law changes to be announced. So it made sense for me to be in the office full time. Today was the first Friday I have worked in 10 months.
This change in schedule threw me off a little. As I was driving to work this sunny morning, I keep thinking how much I wish to be home with Cliff and Joshua.
But the funny part is, it threw off all my co-workers even more.
I was sitting in my office at 7 am. A co-worker walked by, did a double take, and asked me if I forgot that it’s Friday and I wasn’t supposed to be there. Then I walked over to my boss’ office to talk to him about a file. He looked surprised to see me, and asked me if I forgot it’s a Friday.
At 8:30 am, I walked over to a manager’s office to talk to her, and she looked stunned. She asked, “It IS Friday, isn’t it?” As I sat in her office to discuss a file with her, another manager walked in and asked, “I heard your voice, so I just had to come and double check that it IS Friday, right?” Throughout the day I had at least 4 or 5 other people make similar comments.
It turned out to be a very long day. Lots of urgent things came up, and lots of last minute things came up. I didn’t get home till 11 hours after I started.
Now that I think about it. Since everyone, including my boss, has forgotten that I’m supposed to work on Fridays now, why do I bother going in?