Skimming Deep

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Tag: work

Trying to make a comeback

It’s been over a year since my last post. A lot’s happened in the past year:

  • Trump really became president and is still in office.
  • I’ve made it past the one year mark at my job (not without scrapes, bruises, and fleeting thoughts of leaving).
  • I’ve made it through another year of 40-something motherhood. And there’s a lot that comes with that:
    • still aiming for a week of uninterrupted sleep
    • still learning something new everyday about being a parent
    • still amazed that I’m a mother at this age
    • still blown away by the fact that this little person has half my genes
  • I got back to running and practicing yoga (thanks to a health incentive at work that pays me money for doing that!)
  • I’ve started reading for pleasure again (this motherhood thing was really kicking my butt when it comes to doing things for myself).

I’m hoping to get back into writing about this journey into middle-age as a working mother of a toddler. I’ll be sharing things that I’m sure are already out there in the blogosphere, but it’s a way for me to reflect and have a record of my life in this period that my son can someday read.

I’m also hoping to process work I’m doing at my workplace on diversity, equity, and inclusion, pushing myself and others to create a more just and sustainable world. I’ve been especially thinking a lot recently about how we tackle white supremacy, white privilege, and racism with well-meaning white folks who are doing (or think they’re doing) the work.

So this is just me trying to hold myself accountable, wanting to start writing again and hoping to do this on a regular basis again.

#28: The Case of the Missing Watermelon

This is probably going to end up being one of those “You had to be there” stories, but I’m going to blog about it if only  to remind myself in the future of this funny incident.

Yesterday, I brought a lot of bags of food for a party we had today for our graduating seniors.  In the midst of the bags, I had a watermelon that I brought as dessert for the party.  I took the bags and watermelon up the elevator to our building’s kitchen, and that’s the last I remember of the watermelon. I put the bags of food and groceries away in our building refrigerator and went to my office to work a long busy day.

This was in the morning, when I came to work.  At the end of the day, I had a sudden realization that I didn’t remember putting the watermelon anywhere– fridge, office area, anywhere.  So I retraced my steps and looked for the watermelon and couldn’t find it.

Without thinking too much, I sent an email out to the whole agency (about 100 people in total) that read:

Hi everyone,

I’m so sorry to clog up emails, but I was hoping to get some help finding a missing watermelon!  I brought it into the building this morning and then had it in the elevator up to the 4th floor and then after that, I think I lost it… has anyone seen it?  If so, please return it to the 3rd floor. 

Sorry to take your time!! (can’t believe I lost a watermelon!!!)

As soon as I wrote the email, I thought, “People are going to think this is a joke!  It sounds ridiculous!”

And then I got emails and responses starting that night into the next day of people dying laughing, cracking jokes like “Maybe the Gingerbread man ran away with it.”  It was hilarious.

So I found out that our maintenance guy found it in the kitchen the day before and stored it away for another party later this week because he didn’t know whose it was!  He thought it was a watermelon left by others for that party.  I tracked him down, and he returned the watermelon and we got to eat it for our party tonight.  After recovering the watermelon, I wrote this email back out to the whole agency:

The case of the missing watermelon has been solved.  Thanks to N__ for rescuing the abandoned watermelon.

And this is my last silly email of the day.  🙂

Thanks for all your well wishes in the meantime.  It meant a lot to know so many people cared about our poor missing watermelon.

We’ll enjoy it tonight at our party for seniors!

And here’s the wayward watermelon:

This fiasco was quite funny and lots of people said it made their day with a good laugh.  But it made me think about my post the other day about slowing down.  What if that watermelon had been something more valuable?  My rushing through things, trying to multitask was going to get me into trouble soon.  This was definitely a case of trying to rush through and do too many things at once.  A funny story for now, but how quickly that could change…

#22: Anthills

What is it about anthills and this time of year?  I’ve been seeing masses of anthills everywhere!  Kind of interesting and fun to look at.

Working hard today.  But not feeling like I’m making much progress.  Kind of like an ant.  It was one of those days where the emails pile up, my meetings keep introducing more things to my to-do list, and I just can’t seem to see any end in sight.  But at the end of a long day, I had a nice visit from one of the youth I’ve worked with whom I hadn’t seen in a long while.  It reminded me why I do the work I do.

And then on my way home, I heard this song, which I put on repeat because it was making me feel all emotional-y

I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you...

It’s the first part of the song that I listened to in its entirety, thinking of the people in my life that I’ve met these past 13 years living in Boston. It was really amazing how many lives I’ve touched and been touched by.  And I really wouldn’t be the person I am today if not for these people– old and young, mostly young.  I’ve been incredibly lucky and blessed to have met all the amazing people I’ve met. I had in my mind a slideshow with this song as the soundtrack– the candid shots and group photos of all the people I’ve worked with, become acquainted with, loved and lost, and who came into my life here in Boston.

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