Just when I started getting used to it they went ahead and took it away. I’m talking about the government deciding this week to avoid a tricky referendum by lifting the restrictions on Sunday shopping, of course. Which means that – depending on the quickness of your favourite store – all of you shopaholics can start to sharpen your wallets and credit cards and hit the malls on the seventh day of the week. I have to admit I didn’t very much like the forced closure of shops, but it turned out to be much less of a hassle than I initially expected. In fact I eventually realised that it was pretty cool not having to worry about spoiling my Sunday with the big bi-weekly shopping spree in one of the hypermarkets. That’s gone now. Sure, I can still decide on my own not to replenish the fridge that day, but try explaining that to your significant other, especially when she is in desperate need of some new shoes as well. I know: First World problem. Amidst all the political complaining and signature drives, the Socialist Party – which is supposedly the party of the workers – seems to have forgotten about the workers themselves. Not a huge surprise though, a lot of us did. Stay-at-home moms, teenagers, CEOs and basically any group you can name kept complaining for the past year about the closed shops, because it inconvenienced them (though for the life of me I can’t figure out how that is inconvenient for someone whose kids are in nursery and/or kindergarten and could do their shopping pretty much any day of the week, or for a teenager whose Sunday is basically a day of recovering from the party on Saturday). You know who didn’t complain? People who used to go to work at 5 o’clock in the morning on Sundays. A friend of mine who works in one of the shopping malls was ecstatic. She loved the idea of having an extra free day, when there was absolutely no chance she could be called in to sub for one of the other employees who mysteriously got sick on Sunday (but was usually feeling much better on Monday). No more. But at least we can once again enjoy the freedom of shopping and, as we know, in these modern times this has become one of the unalienable rights. Too bad some people won’t be able to enjoy this right. They will be working.