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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Must Be Nice

Despite being tempted to strangle the next person who tells me how nice it must be that I have the summer off, I know that I will nod and smile and not even try to explain what it is my employer expects me to be doing during the summer or how publishing and administrative obligations hang over me like the Sword of Damocles even when my childcare is unpredictable and my family obligations multiply like rabbits.  Not only is it unbecoming to complain about one of the few downsides of a pretty perfect job; no one will believe me anyway.  

Posted by Lyrissa Lidsky on July 20, 2011 at 04:10 PM in Lyrissa Lidsky | Permalink


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Grr ... some of my closest family members share the same misconception. I think I've actually responded with something to the effect of, "You [an architect/lawyer/dentist/whatever] don't teach during the summers either -- are you on vacation?"

Posted by: Nadia N. Sawicki | Jul 25, 2011 8:13:45 PM


Next time someone says that, ask how long the last movie he or she saw was. When the person says it was about two hours, ask the person if he or she thinks it took two hours to MAKE the movie.

Posted by: Michael J.Z. Mannheimer | Jul 21, 2011 7:25:18 PM

Oh, I get this all the time. I also get people saying during the school year, "You only teach two classes a semester! So you only work six to eight hours a week! What an easy life." Urge to strangle rising... Rising...

Posted by: Dave | Jul 21, 2011 6:27:14 PM

I think of it this way. The fact that my childcare is unpredictable proves that my summers are at least flexible. If I truly had to put in 40-60 hours each and every week. I'd make sure to have reliable childcare.

Posted by: Kristen | Jul 21, 2011 1:21:34 PM

Never forget, your alternative is the practice of law.

In comparison, you do have summers off.

Posted by: anymouse | Jul 21, 2011 1:04:12 PM

No, we get the same comments, and the same urge to strangle.

Posted by: Michael J.Z. Mannheimer | Jul 21, 2011 11:13:56 AM

I absolutely get the "oh, you get the summers off!" comment.

And as good old Ray Davies would say: "Now I'm not the world's most masculine man, but I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man. . ."

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Jul 21, 2011 9:07:42 AM

Well said. I often wonder whether male professors get the same comments - or do people assume they are fully employed in the summer? Ditto for people who ask me whether being a professor is a full-time job...

Posted by: Jessie Hill | Jul 21, 2011 8:42:48 AM

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