Not Vacation.

Have you ever had a co-worker refer to your maternity leave as “vacation?”

When I worked at State Farm, I had a few comments directed my way that let me know that my extended leave tending to an extremely colicky baby all by myself was considered “vacation time.” When I returned to work, I got the cases no one else wanted, the Christmas Eve shift, AND the New Year’s Eve shift.

Not that I didn’t understand the position of my co-workers, bless their intact penises and vaginas and 8 hours of interrupted sleep, but MAN. That sucked. A lot.

My friend Alice wrote a piece for Babble called 9 Ways To Respond When Co-Workers Call Your Maternity Leave A “Vacation,” and you should totally check it out because it’s hilarious and I’M QUOTED IN IT.