Monday, October 21, 2013
I'd make a great pumpkin
I like to be silly. When things get hairy, I need to be silly. And when things are really hairy...I need those around me to be silly too. Joe tried, but he didn't really put his heart into the silly this time around. He scores a low half a point for his lack-luster attempt at being a pumpkin.
Last week, I celebrated my 5 year anniversary at my place of employment. This is typically acknowledged with a framed certificate and a catalog in which to chose some fabulous prize. But guess who orders these certificates for our corporate employees? Yep....me. So I basically ordered my own thank-you from the company.
When it arrived, I placed it on my boss's desk--which is protocol. She usually made a big fuss for whoever had an anniversary, took them out for lunch with the team, and there were congratulations all around.
My anniversary just happened to coincide with her leaving for a new job, so the certificate was sort of shoved off to one side as she emptied her office and boxed her belongings.
"Don't pack my certificate, " I reminded her. And of course, there was the standard "Oh, I would NEVER do such a thing, you are TOO important for THAT to happen" sorta response. I didn't buy it.
Well, she left one day and I found my certificate tossed on my desk the following morning. Sure, I was sad. Not that she left---but that was how I was treated in the interim.
Whatever. Moving on....
But when I told Pat and Irene what happened, they felt really bad for me and asked to see the certificate. So, I pulled it out with a great flourish and proceeded to announce my own anniversary....to which they cheered and clapped and made a huge fuss for me. And we all laughed about how ridiculous it was that I'm the only one left in HR and had to give myself an award. Sad, but true.
Pat gave me a hug and told me "Lin, you is kind. You is smart. You is important." And I felt magically better.
Those, my friends, are the sorta people you need around you to keep you sane. Them is some great pumpkins and I'm grateful for them.