Let me be upfront for a moment. I pitch in far more than the average live-at-home-at-24 daughter. I freely and willingly do a heck of a lot around the house. I provide entertainment and sometimes keep both of my parents sane. I sacrifice my lunch hour to drive home and take the dogs out whenever my mother can’t do it. When the go on vacation, I’m expected to be the house sitter and mind the dogs. They are far more maintenance than any animals I have ever witnessed.
However, I am still a mere peon in the business world. My perks and benefits are few and far between. So when I’m given permission to leave work early, I intend on taking full advantage of that time I’m given. Unfortunately, I was not able to take any bit of that time off for my own benefit. I was told today I could leave at 3pm, two hours early- this is unheard of. But, oh shucks, my parents are at the lake- and our AC unit needs repairs. So, instead of my parents staying at home during the week, they take off for the lake. My parents. Who have unlimited time off. They can’t be bothered to stay one extra day, during the week, it’s not even the weekend, to hang out around the house and make sure the AC is fixed. So here I am. it’s 5pm, the time I would usually be leaving the office. This time any other week I would be heading to the lake. I could have left TWO HOURS AGO. But nope, I need to pitch in and sit on my ass and wait.