Daily Prompt: Unexpected
by Cheri Lucas Rowlands on December 11, 2013
Unexpectedly, you lose your job. (Or a loved one. Or something or someone important to you.) What do you do next?
Unexpectedly I did lose my job. I had Volunteered in Fiji for 3 months and my visa was up. I Came back to the town i grew up in and applied to work at the same supermarket I’d left months ago. I gradually, for the second time, fell up the ladder of retail industry. Before I knew it I was duty manager again. with all the extra responsibilities and no extra pay.
then on a snowy december in 2010 I worked a 15 hour shift. dragging in the pallets full of stock through the main door because the back entrance was snowed under… it was around midnight when I left.
Arriving the next morning for work i was called in to the office. “we have to let you go” they said – in my rush and fumble last night I’d forgot to twist the lock on the safe door… effectively leaving the safe un-locked all night. nothing went missing. know one knew except another duty manager but rules is rules and I was gone.
Shortly after I fell into the best job I’ve ever had. I worked as a teaching assistant in a special needs school, using my volunteering experience as leverage I managed to start on January 10th.
I worked here for three years, I met the most important girl in my life here, one who is now traveling the world with me. I met inspirational teachers. hilarious staff and made true friends.
Losing one thing is a chance to gain so much more. just start leaving the safe unlocked.