Monday afternoon was quite manic at work.
Too much going on, all at once.
The day started out great, with sunshine and a meeting of peers to discuss how we can make work life better for ourselves and fellow employees…short of retirement or having the winning lottery ticket or adding a wine bar in every office. We had a great discussion and came up with a few notable ideas.
Then I drove back to my office and it kind of went downhill.
We’re trying to hire many positions in June, which also happens to be end of the fiscal year. It’s going to be a busy, hectic month, probably spilling into early July.
On Monday afternoon, I read a group email in haste and when questions came in surrounding the contents of the email, I thought I was giving correct answers. I really did. But I wasn’t and finally realized my embarrassing errors after wondering why everyone was asking so many darn questions.
Things that went through my head at this point: “Ugh! Oh boy! Stupid! Next time, be a little more thorough!”
I put together an apology email and gave correct instructions for yet another new procedure that we’ve been asked to follow. Most of my peers wrote back and said, “Thanks for clarifying.”
Then there’s my friend and long-time cohort, Sandy. She responded,
“Never trust an old person.”
If you’re thinking that’s just plain rude, I would expect nothing less from her. Not because she’s rude, but because she has a sharp wit and we share a weird and zany sense of humor. This is mild compared to some of our past verbal exchanges.
I had no response to that statement simply because I was too harried to think of a good comeback. However, I’ll be ready for her the next time she asks me for assistance.
“Nope, sorry Sandy. I’m old and untrustworthy. You can’t possibly expect me to know anything or help you in any way.”
I can already hear her reply.
Yes, it’s a little crazy and busy at work at the moment, but thank God for Sandy’s witty sense of humor.
And old people like me who totally appreciate it.
Linda G. Hill is the Queen of One-Liners and rules over her kingdom of followers. Check out last Wednesday’s post and commit yourself to join the Queen’s one-liner army this week because there’s no fighting or blood, only comraderie and fun with words.