Just now I was in my local Woolworths store on my way to work.
The cashier was chatty.
“Much on for the day?”
“On my way to work.”
“What do you do?”
“I’m a teacher.”
“Oh. And only on your way to work now?”
“I work part-time.”
Stunned silence. I looked at her pointedly.
Then I said, “What does THAT mean?”
She didn’t reply.
So I continued: “Whatever it meant, you’re probably wrong.”
I really wanted to tell her that she probably makes almost as much per hour as I do, and she didn’t need a university education to achieve that.
I wanted to tell her that I only work part time because my health issues mean I can’t work full time.
I wanted to tell her that teachers do as many hours outside the classroom as they do in it, and that “all those holidays” usually get eaten up by planning, preparation and a pile of marking.
And I wanted to tell her that assuming something about what a person does, whether they’re a teacher or a checkout chick, is not okay.
I didn’t, though. Ijust took my bag of shopping and left.
Great start to my day. Thanks, lady.