By Ashley Biles firstname.lastname@example.org
April 26, 2014
This year our spring has gotten off to a slow start with the sun warming in the sky one day and chilling rain pouring out of the clouds the next. One would think Mother Nature would be able to make up her mind as to what season it is going to be instead of constantly teasing us. Thankfully, this week she has decided to stick with springtime temperatures and each day has been beautiful; however, it has only fueled my desire to be outside enjoying the sunshine rather than spending my time indoors working. The pictures I have seen from all of my teacher friends who are on spring break this week and at the beach has not helped the matter much either. I’m sure many of you can relate and I’m not the only one who falls victim to spring fever every year.
The problem seems to only get worse the older I get, too. I’m sure it hit me when I was eight years old, but I don’t think it was this bad and I think I know why. In the working world, you do not get a spring break like you do while in school. Of course, you can take vacations, but most of us only get two weeks a year and spreading that out over 12 months doesn’t leave for much time off consecutively. While I believe everyone needs a break from things whether it be school or work, I am not inclined to think a 10-year-old appreciates their time off as much as I do mine.
I have thought long and hard to find a way to cure my spring fever and I have come to the conclusion that the best way is to institute a “Spring Break” for the newspaper. However, I am guessing my idea will be shot down seeing as there is always some news to report, so I have moved onto plan B, which I feel could benefit not only myself, but many others in town.
Since it is not feasible for all businesses and offices to close down for a week in the spring, I have come up with a short list of items that would make working during such pretty weather more acceptable.
1. All offices should have windows that open so warm, fresh air can be let in. Just having a window to look out of is not going to cut it.
2. Lunch breaks should be extended to two hours on pretty days so that you actually have time to see the sun while it is out. Lunch can be shorter for rainy days if needed.
3. There should be an ice cream truck that visits all of the businesses and offices around town offering tasty treats in the afternoon.
4. “I’m not coming in today because I need to work on my tan,” could become an acceptable excuse for being absent.
5. Instead of just casual Fridays, there could be casual Wednesdays and Thursdays too.
I’m sure my list of “demands” will continue to grow as the weather gets warmer, but this is what came to mind for the time being. If you have any you would like to add, I would love to hear them. Maybe if we all band together we could at least get an ice cream man, and I suppose that could make up for no longer having a spring break… at least for now.
Ashley Biles can be reached by calling 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @AshleyBiles1