This blog chronicles my life as I try to balance healthy lifestyle habits with my husband's penchant for pizza rolls and my daughter's desire to watch iCarly 8 hours a day. It contains a mostly humorous, kind, and somewhat spiritual look at everyday life and the people who live it.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
It's a job, not a career
Have you ever had a perfect job? My first job was babysitting when I was 11. I made 50 cents an hour and was grateful for it. I then moved on to fast food, retail, an office environment, and finally a classroom. I remember in college when I worked for Gingiss Formalwear thinking that it was the perfect job. Every day was different, each customer usually excited because of a wedding, prom, or interesting formal function. The bookstore job is a lot like that: the college kids are either buying their caps and gowns, selling off their old textbooks, or picking up the new books for summer classes. I love hearing what they are planning on doing with the money they earn from selling back their textbooks: there has been a lot of discussion about buying lunch, buying gas, getting a coffee at Starbucks instead of Dunkin' Donuts, and of course, beer. There is always lots of discussion about beer. I remind them to drink responsibly, hand them their cash, and wish them well. I'm not there to judge, just to buy their old books.
I really hope I get picked up again in the fall when the freshmen pour in for their first college textbook buying experience. Sure, there will be a lot of sticker shock (the book prices are unbelievable) but overall the atmosphere will be one of hope, adventure, excitement, and new beginnings. I get energized just thinking about it.
Right now the laundry is a little piled up. Things are getting a little dusty. My feet are a little sore. But I get to spend each day while my daughter is in school in the company of college kids who are all looking forward: looking forward to summer vacation, looking forward to summer classes, looking forward to graduation, looking forward to new friendships, new romances, new adventures, and new opportunities. As for me? I feel like the luckiest temp in the world.
Anyone have an interesting or fun job experience you'd like to share? I love hearing your comments!