As I don’t have children, possible repercussions of allowing one’s offspring to interact with one’s employer had escaped me until my sister Becky relayed an incident that happened last week. Her husband, my favorite brother-in-law, had to fly to Seattle with his boss and several co-workers for some business. They were all leaving from the boss’s house to drive up to the airport together. My sister had the idea that it would be nice to take the children over to say goodbye to their father. I forgot to ask her why they hadn’t said goodbye earlier at home. Suffice it to say there was my sister with her kids leaning out the window of the car (doutless trying to escape) when the middle child, who’s seven, shouted out to her father’s boss… [Read more…]
Archives for July 2009
If you’ve never read The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (a medieval Italian author), Dante is literally guided through a Catholic vision of hell (all nine levels) and then through purgatory and into heaven. I enjoyed Hell; it was packed with vignettes of real people and their stories, but Dante forgot one of the most excruciating levels; the Shopping Mall!
The Goblin is having a short holiday break so of course, being a Goblin, he decided yesterday that he needed to go to a shopping mall to see a particular store to handle a particular item to see if he wished to buy it. After an hour in the car we arrived with minimal difficulty. I told the Goblin before we left home that I was tired (very tired) and didn’t want to go. I reminded him that I hate shopping malls, that they never have anything I want or need in a size or colour that I require, but he gave me that cute (I don’t want to go on my own) Goblin look so I gave in and believed his irritatingly cheerful assertions that we’d find something for me too and went along with hope blooming like a weed by the side of a motorway. [Read more…]