Don’t Let Them Eat Cake!

Dear Evil Skippy:

Where I work, we celebrate birthdays by having cake on the second-to-last Friday of each month, honoring everyone whose birthday falls in that month.    In April, that day is going to fall on Good Friday.  I think it is in very bad taste to have a celebration on Good Friday and told my boss so.  She said she understands, but we have had this “system” for a long time and she does not want to mess with it.  She seems to think it is significant that my birthday does not fall this month, but I don’t see how that matters.  I gave up sweets for Lent and won’t be able to eat anything.  It’s not fair.  I think we should wait until the following week.  What can I do to change my boss’s mind?

—  Upset

Dear Upset:

You lost me at cake.  I’m trying to decide what flavor to buy when I run out to the store as soon as I finish this response.

I worked in offices for years and I know exactly what type of event you are talking about.  It’s not a “celebration”.  It’s a bunch of people who may or may not want to hang out together at the moment but who all want a piece of cake.  Folks gather around, sing off-key, grab a piece of cake and converse (or just eat) until the boss makes everyone get back to work.  Since the timing of this bothers you, don’t attend the gathering this month.   Anyway, from your letter, it sounds to me as if you are more concerned about missing out on the goodies than you are about the timing, but perhaps that is just me being evil.

Channel your inner adult, wish your co-workers a happy birthday and don’t expect everything in the world to go your way.  It’s called emotional maturity and it’s easy to do if you focus.     You might even say it’s a piece of cake.

— Evil Skippy

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  1. Steve R. says

    The purpose of giving something up for Lent is to challenge yourself to do just that. So here’s the challenge you’ve been asking for. (Frankly, this is why I never give up anything for Lent.)

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