My boss finally took a vacation!
He had hired in at the small factory when he was too young to work in many other places. As soon as he was old enough family members got him into one of the car companies.
He did not like the work. It was terribly boring to stand in one spot for hours and do the same small task over and over.
He began to stop at the bar with other workers after work. Some of those workers were family members. Many had drinking problems that affected their home lives. He watched as several of them drank on the job. Some were hurt. There were even whiskey bottles hidden in the new car seats,
He realized he was drinking too much and too regularly. He quit his job and went back to his original job.
Through the years he advanced with the company. He became supervisor of one area.
When I applied to work there I was hired by a different supervisor. He was a very nice man. I enjoyed working there.
When the nice man retired Ken was made supervisor of our area.
Ken had a family. He had never taken a vacation. I do not think he liked the work as much as he was afraid someone would see that another person could do his job.
One year his family talked him into going to Disney World in Florida for a week. He was not keen on going but at the same time he was looking forward to it.
We expected him at work the following week to tell us about the fun they had. When he did not come in we thought maybe he decided to stay for another week.
He came to work in the middle of the week.
Florida had suffered a hurricane. My boss and his family had been trapped in their motel room.
He told us that the whole place shook. He thought they were all going to die. He was white as a sheet just telling us about it.
And he declared that he would never take another vacation.