But I'm still entitled to vacation, and this looked like the best opportunity for me to travel with my husband this year. So I asked and it was approved.
I feel indebted. I feel grateful.
Some people say I've earned the benefits from nearly 34 years of loyal service to my company, and that's probably true.
But I know that's not how business -- and especially media companies -- work these days.
So I don't take it for granted for a single minute that I am very fortunate to have my job and its benefits.
Yes, I work hard, but so do many other people. And I know that when anyone from our team is gone, others have to pick up the slack.
I need to be ready now for others to be gone -- and I need to encourage them to take their allotted time.