Six Weeks Paid Vacation!

@Morleyhunt (17107)
Canada
October 11, 2016 4:04pm CST
Are you envious of the six weeks paid vacation I received, every year while my children were growing up. Friends, relatives and even strangers would tell me how fortunate I was to have so much time off work every year. My answer was, the job works for me, in my situation, but you (friends, family,and strangers) actually have much more time off work than I do. This was always greeted with disbelief. Then I would explain. Some would still have trouble with the concept that I worked more days than they did. Let's begin by explaining my job. I managed two poultry growing barns. The job required me to go to the barn 7 days a week.....winter, summer.....every day. If there were chickens in the barn I went to work. My barn was empty twice a year for three weeks, between flocks. The average person gets two days a week off work (weekend or equivalent) that equals, 104 day a year. This same person also gets at least 10 statutory holidays per year, plus their. Two weeks paid vacation (10 days). This totals 124 days off work each year. My total time off work each year was a mere 42 days. Do you still want to trade?
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@Happy2BeMe (70774)
• Canada
11 Oct 16
I think that is great that you got to have that much time off with your children. It is nice to have more then a few days off at a time so you can do fun things together. I don't envy you though because I could never do the job that you did.
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@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
11 Oct 16
The children knew an awful lot about chickens. I raised broiler breeders. They came into my barn as day old chicks and after twenty weeks were moved to a laying barn....there were two things I did not do..I did not shovel manure and I didn't pick eggs.
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@Happy2BeMe (70774)
• Canada
11 Oct 16
@Morleyhunt oh ok. I wouldn't mind picking eggs but I don't think I would like to shovel manure.
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@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
11 Oct 16
@Happy2BeMe picking eggs can be backbreaking work. My husband, son and son inlaw helped out in the laying barns on weekends for bonus pay.
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@rebelann (34096)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Oct 16
I think that's what grandpa did, he was always raising chicks then he'd barter with his neighbors once they were old enough and either the hens could lay or the roosters were large enough to eat. I can only imagine that it was a lot of work.
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@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
11 Oct 16
Managing the poultry barns worked for me because when I started the job I brought my not quite two year old daughter to work with me. This way I didn't need to pay for child care. By the time she was three years old see could talk intelligently about chicken ailments. Imagine hearing a three year old say coccidiosis, or synovitus. She knew about feed chains and augers and loved helping me spread grit once a week. It wasn't a bad job, and I was well paid for the work I did.
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@rebelann (34096)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Oct 16
Sounds like the kind of job I'd always dreamed of @Morleyhunt but now I don't want a job I like what I'm doing
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@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
11 Oct 16
@rebelann in just under three weeks my nest will be empty again. I'll go on a weeks vacation and then come home to a new normal.
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@Platespinner (19022)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Oct 16
I don't get any paid vacation...but wouldn't trade my job for anything.
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@sharon6345 (104926)
• United States
11 Oct 16
Not in this lifetime.
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@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
11 Oct 16
It paid the bills, it was honest and suited our families needs at that time.
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@DianneN (62564)
• United States
13 Oct 16
Although I'm retired, I wouldn't have wanted to trade my career as a teacher for any other. I always had the entire summer off, winter and spring vacations, and a multitude of holidays off as well. All paid. Well, in a contract. Retirement to me is one huge paid vacation! Lol!
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@Corbin5 (84794)
• United States
11 Oct 16
You are one very hard-working woman!!! I would not have traded.
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@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
11 Oct 16
There were a lot of days that I only had to work three hours a day.....the downside....if something went wrong, I might be putting in a 20 hour day.
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@Corbin5 (84794)
• United States
11 Oct 16
@Morleyhunt 20 hours would have killed me!!!
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@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
11 Oct 16
@Corbin5 after the 20 hour stretch, I took a sleeping bag to the north side of our house, tossed it in the grass and told my children....unless the house is on fire, or someone is dying...DONT WAKE ME, I have awesome children. They would have been about 8-18 at that time.
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@cindiowens (3916)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
12 Oct 16
No thanks. That doesn't sound very appealing once you break it down.
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@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
12 Oct 16
So many people only see the six weeks of paid vacation. It was a salaried position. On days when everything went well I would joke about earning $1.00 a minute...when things went wrong....not enough.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
12 Oct 16
@Morleyhunt Salaried positions sounds good, but with all of the overtime hours spent, they are really not all that great. I held a salaried position at a nursing home. When things went as planned it was pretty good. When a snow storm came, not so good, as I slept there and worked.
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@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
12 Oct 16
@cindiowens it averaged out to be a more than fair wage. In the 12 years I worked for them...one 20 week stretch didn't balance out....we had one problem after the other. The next year, one of the other farm managers had a heart attack and I was asked to fill in for a month (my vacation time). I was paid double for four weeks. They also paid generously into a retirement account.
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@just4him (95612)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Oct 16
I saw that coming figuring it was found in the weekends. Right now in my life, I'm on permanent paid vacation - it's called retirement. Now would you like to trade? I love retirement. My time is completely my own.
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@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
13 Oct 16
I could write a book about my retirement. My life is not my own.
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@just4him (95612)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Oct 16
@Morleyhunt Sounds like a great title.
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@Dextoi (1958)
• Philippines
12 Oct 16
I think that job is something that I really like to do. I love to work in a farm like my father. He works in a farm everyday. It is hard work but is very rewarding. But I still have to go to work in a university so I can barely help him tend the poultry and plants.
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@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
12 Oct 16
Some people make great farmers...others, no keep them away from the farm.
@Dextoi (1958)
• Philippines
12 Oct 16
@Morleyhunt hahaha... I wonder who those people are. My father was bad at the farm, at first. But he was able to learn a lot and loved what he is doing so far...
12 Oct 16
Wow! That is a tough job
@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
12 Oct 16
The work itself ws really not that difficult. I often on "worked" for about three hours a day......most of that consist d of walking.
• United States
12 Oct 16
Well when you put it that way it doesn't sound as enticing as your title
@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
12 Oct 16
That's why you need to read more than the title.
@shivamani10 (11161)
• Hyderabad, India
12 Oct 16
No...Never..
@Morleyhunt (17107)
• Canada
12 Oct 16
• United States
31 Oct 16
gigglin' :) i used to put'n 10-12 hour days with cattle, horses 'n tendin' the place here. folks used to tell me how they envied me bein' able to 'drop' what i t'was doin' when a need arose. ya know, those folks with their cushy jobs complete with paid time off'n benefits? lol.
@annierose (17419)
• Philippines
19 Oct 16
That is good to hear! I am a public school teacher and I can go abroad while I am on a vacation and those days are still paid. I feel happy about it. I hope every employee enjoys the same thing. Everybody deserves a paid vacation.
@Tampa_girl7 (22172)
• United States
19 Oct 16
I know what hard work that is. We have chicken farms all around us here in Mississippi. My son did some work on one when he was younger. You deserved your long vacation.
@LoriAMoore (9795)
• United States
16 Oct 16
I had that same argument with people all of the time. I was salaried management working 60-75 hours/week. I had to travel a lot. Someone on my staff would say, "It sure must be nice to be the boss, I'd like your job." I'd say, "Please, please take my job. Because if you add up all of the hours I work, travel time, time away from home, being on call . . . I probably only make $2.00/hr, so you're welcome to my job."
@MarymargII (8435)
• Toronto, Ontario
12 Oct 16
It is in the amount of days of course!