For the final 30 days of my twenties, I am writing one personal narrative a day that has impacted my life until now. To read more about my challenge, feel free to check out the first post.
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The morning and afternoon leading up to Ben’s proposal was one of the worst days as a temp to date. At the time, I was assisting a married couple’s computer business in a small office on 18th street. For several weeks, I was greeted each morning by passive-aggressive comments about how my days as their assistant might be numbered, and that we should explore different online personality tests to figure out if we were really compatible–so you know, healthy work environment.
Somewhat contradictory to their mistrust in my abilities, they decided to leave me in charge of the business for the first time (note that this is two weeks after I started). On this day, I believe the phone rang approximately 100 times. This is not, be any means, an exaggeration. By noon it had become a joke. Today was the day whenever every wealthy person’s computer decided to die, explode, fall off their desks, mysteriously self-destruct. Interspersed with the panicked, entitled-rich-person phone calls came the, “Hiiiiii, I just wanted to have a nice slow chat about what your company does. Are you the owner?”
By lunch time–or lack of lunch time–I had spent no more than five minutes looking at my email, which was now overflowing with emotional meltdowns. Now, I swear to you, though most days were busy, they were never like this by any stretch of the imagination. By the time my bosses called to check in, I had scheduled 9 new clients, set up over 15 meeting for fixing computers, and personally put out several fires by just looking up computer-y things on Google. For once, thank the Lord, they were impressed with me. Unfortunately for them, this madness put the nail in the coffin of whether I would ever accept this as a permanent position.