Yeah, it would be, wouldn't it?
Teachers hear this line all the time, usually starting right around now...which, coincidentally, is exactly the same time I'm usually starting to freak out about how full my summer is getting, and wondering how I'm going to get everything done in the pockets that remain.
My father, who was a school administrator, used to tell his teachers to reply to this comment by saying that they weren't "off," they were "seasonally unemployed." Which is true: my contract is only for nine months, and here at WVU we only get paid over nine months (instead of the nine-over-twelve scheme at my previous institution), so it definitely feels a lot more like unemployment.
And yet, summer is often the only time teachers and scholars have to learn...and write.Not to mention prep for fall courses.
So, "summer off": yeah, it's nice not to have to wake up to the alarm, and not to have stacks of papers to grade. It's not nice, though, not to be getting a paycheck, and yet to feel like you'd better be hyper-productive or, a few years down the road when you come up for tenure, you may never get a paycheck again.
Hmmm...is my anxiety showing?