"Work is my reason for living"... ?!?
We have a lady here who is almost 68 and still working. * She said she has no one to travel with or no interest to just sit home. *Very sad to me that "work" would be her only interest.
Many times these reasons aren't the real one-- a lack of money.
My FIL used to be good friends with a 60-something who took a job pouring asphalt driveways in Maryland during the summers. His reason was "I wanted to prove that I could still do it." The real reason was "I'm broke."
If your co-worker took 40 days last year then maybe work isn't so compelling to her after all. Not that there's anything wrong with her attitude-- just her way of shifting her IN box!
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