I see, I see lovers in the meadow
I see, I see silhouettes in the window
I watch them ’til they’re gone and they leave me hanging on To a shadow
I’m sick of love; I hear the clock tick
This kind of love; I’m love sick
Sometimes the silence can be like the thunder
Sometimes I wanna take to the road and plunder
Could you ever be true? I think of youAnd I wonder
I’m sick of love; I wish I’d never met you
I’m sick of love; I’m trying to forget you
Just don’t know what to do
I’d give anything to Be with you
-Bob Dylan, Lovesick
We’ve all taken sick days at work, but how about a lovesick day? A Japanese marketing company is letting employees take time off if they get dumped by a significant other.
The six woman staff of Tokyo’s Hime & Company are allowed a number of lovesick days per year depending on their age. Women under 24-years-old can take one day off per year, while those between 25 and 29 can take two days off and the 30 and older crowd can take three days off. The company CEO says that’s because women in their 20’s can find their next love quickly, but it’s tougher for women in their 30’s, and their break-ups tend to be more serious.
So what do you think? Good idea…or have they gone too far? Is lovesickness a legitimate reason to need time off??
Incidently, the company also gives the ladies two mornings off twice a year for sales shopping leave, so they can race to stores to hunt for bargains.