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Where is my special day?

By Kelley Atherton

Today is Administrative Professionals Day (formerly known as Secretary's Day).

This is not to be confused with Labor Day, Bosses Day or Friendship Day.

It's great that America has a holiday to celebrate the hard-working individuals who make sure everything is running smoothly. But where is my day? Where's my flowers and card that says, "You're doing a great job!"

I'm not a boss or an administrative professional. I want a day that acknowledges those working professionals who are above the poverty level, but not necessarily considered middle class.

We made it through college and have secured a financially stable job. We are the American dream, yet there seems to be no day dedicated to "middle of the road" people.

Harry F. Klemfuss of Young & Rubicam, a marketing and communications company, is responsible for Administrative Professionals Day. He figured there needed to be a day that recognized the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and so on. Frequently, these administrative professional get flowers, candy, lunch or other gifts.

And it's not just administrative professionals and bosses, but teachers and nurses—they all have days.

Besides one's birthday, every working individual should have a holiday. Labor Day doesn't count either, because even children, who don't exactly labor, get that day off.

Gifts.com has a whole slew of ideas for administrative professionals. Bonsai trees, funny books on the workplace, decorative desk items, tools for relaxation, candy and flower bouquets.

These holidays do give the gift companies a chance to make a little extra money, but the bottom line is we all deserve a special day for our hard work.

The problem is, who would buy the gifts? Bosses would have to buy gifts for dozens of "highly qualified professional" employees. That can be quite expensive. It's hard to make a holiday for all low-middle class professionals.

While gifts are nice, it's really about hard-working professionals who continue to push through recessions, rising gas and food prices and outrageous student loans to someday get to that promised land called the middle class. Once you reach economic prosperity, however, you'll just have to settle for Bosses' Day.

These secular holidays are a chance to remember groups of people and the good they're doing. There are so many people that are left out and forgotten. We're expected to do our job without groveling. Our reward is a paycheck. That paycheck, as most know, is never enough.

I say professionals of the world unite and claim a day for yourselves.

Watch out for phishing scams

A co-worker recently brought to my attention an e-mail from the IRS that stated he had a refund of $184.

The e-mail requested his social security number, address, credit/debit card information and PIN number. It looks genuinely authentic, but the Web address was not www.irs.gov, which sealed the deal that it was a phishing scam. The IRS never communicates or requests personal information via e-mail. If you receive an e-mail like this forward it to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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