"I was out of the workforce several times: + 4 years for college (worked over summers and had a work-study job). + 9.5 years as a SAHM (I quit my job when I got pregnant...you sure don't hear about that sort of thing any more!) ~ 6 years part-time (25-30 hrs/week). + 10 years for early retirement (quit just before my 56th birthday). And...Once I quit my job to take a 4-month camping trip. Another time I took 3 months off to move and get married.Let's face it...I'm a slacker! (I did work hard when I was, you know, actually at work ;-) - alstromeria --------------------When employers decide to let you go, fire you, lay you off, they don't have any qualms about it. When the shoe is on the other foot they don't hesitate to throw your life into chaos. They don't care. Why should we care about them when opportunities come in life to either change direction or do something more interesting or fun? I've never worked anywhere where they really gave a shit about me. They paid me as little as they could and got rid of me when they didn't need me anymore. After working at the University of Tennessee Vet School for seventeen years I thought I was part of it; and that I'd easily be able to ride it out for another 7 years till I turned 55. That didn't happen. When they wanted to get rid of me it all turned around in the blink of an eye. So much for them loving me. There was no love. It was just another job. Art
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