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Happy Mother’s Day!

Today we got an email from the mucky-mucks in the home office on the east coast.  It was the regular announcement of monthly holidays and which offices would be closed for said holidays.  Yes, we need to be reminded.  Shut up.  There are more offices all over the world than you can count on two hands.  And each one recognizes its own holidays.  From today’s email:

The BIG LAW Moscow office will be closed on Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9 in observance of International Women’s Day*.

Now wouldn’t you think since it’s called “International Women’s Day” that ALL the offices should be closed?  Of course they should!

However as the email advises in a footnote, International Women’s Day is actually a Russian holiday!  Not international at all!  Curses!  Reading a little further, we find that it can be “regarded as the equivalent of Mother’s Day” complete with gifts and flowers.

WTF?! Russia gets Mother’s Day off y’all!  Two days off for Mother’s Day!  That’s messed up. 

What do we get in the Seattle office?  We get to wear jeans tomorrow to celebrate Leap Year.

I. Kid. You. Not.

*International Women’s Day is a national holiday celebrated inRussia since 1913 on the eve of World War I campaigning for peace.  In 1917, on the last Sunday in February, Russian women began to strike for “bread and peace” in response to the deaths of over two million Russian soldiers.  The strike continued for four more days until the Czar was forced to abdicate.  The provisional government then granted women the right to vote.  This holiday was first declared as a non-working day inRussia in 1965.  It now celebrates women and their political, economic and social achievements.  It is tradition on this holiday to present women with gifts and flowers to express appreciation for their work, love and devotion.  It can be regarded as the equivalent of Mother’s Day.

6 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day!

  1. Totally messed up. If we can’t have Mother’s day they should give us….I dunno….Fat Tuesday. Except that’s already passed so St. Patty’s or Ickabod Crane day or something….

    • I think if BigLaw gave us one of those they’d take something else away. We lost President’s Day a few years back. So there we were in the office this year while the courts were closed and there was no US Mail. But the firm didn’t have to pay us for a holiday! Sigh.

  2. Heck I’ll take the second Monday of March, or April, or any damn second Monday of any damn month OFF!

    A little recognition would go a long way for Pete’s sake. Or should that be Patricia’s sake?? See, even men get the slogans. Damn it.

    But YOU get to wear jeans to work!

    All hail Bubbe!

    • I’d probably still complain (who am I kidding, I KNOW I’d still complain) but if I could wear jeans to work every day I would be so much happier. On the plus side, the attorneys I support DO recognize me and are the absolute BEST to work with.

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