Worker seeks opportunities
For the past year, I have been working as a licensed nursing assistant, taking care of residents. I love the patients, and I’ve gotten very close to them. But the facility administration itself doesn’t work with employees to meet their needs. I have requested to work morning shifts for months now because my man gets out at 4 p.m. and I want to be able to spend my nights with him and my family or friends. I’ve made multiple requests, and the administrators can’t seem to work around my schedule. After a few weeks, I started looking at other options for my career. There is a job that could pay me more and still offer benefits. Should I expand my opportunities and leave?
Dear Annie: — A Girl Trying to Make a Living
I think the answer is in your question. You said that leaving this job would mean expanding your opportunities. If the position you’re considering makes sense as a career move go for it.
Recently, I printed a letter from “Overwhelmed in Michigan,” who complained that his wife doesn’t help enough around the house. His letter hit a nerve, it seems, as I received many responses from readers. Here are a few of my favorites.
“Overwhelmed in Michigan” hit home! I’m 67 and grateful every day for the good fortune of living to enjoy my retirement. “Overwhelmed” appears to be a workaholic. The complaint against his wife and niece relates to a scene at the end of the movie “Mary Poppins.” Maybe “Overwhelmed” needs to say “let’s go fly a kite” with his wife before it’s too late.
Dear Annie: — Enjoying Retirement
You’re not the only one who thought “Overwhelmed” should go fly a kite. Read on.
Dear Enjoying Retirement:
I am writing to “Overwhelmed in Michigan.” My wife is the same — a bit negligent around the house but attentive in her relationships with loved ones. If her kids call and need a baby sitter, she goes instead of cleaning the house. We had a close friend who had cancer, and my wife organized all our friends to be there for her and was always ready to do whatever was needed. Everyone thinks she’s the most wonderful person in the world. And you know what? So do I. Mr. Overwhelmed, if your wife wants to go fly a kite with the grandkids, put down your tools and join her.
Dear Annie: — Happily Married in New Hampshire Dear Happily Married:
Beautifully said. Thanks for writing.
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