Today is a two-fer. Thanks Mama Kat, for the prompts this week. I chose…
5.) Who blind-sided you? Write about a time someone caught you totally off guard. (writingfix.com)
I used to work on the 18th floor of an office building in downtown Seattle. I was a worker bee, my days were filled with endless phone calls and reports. This particular Friday was shaping up to be like all the others, until I walked past my boss’s cube.
He popped his head up and said, “at the end of the day, we’ll need to go down to HR and have a little chat.” In corporate speak, that means you’re fired. I nodded, and stumbled to my cube in a fog. I couldn’t fathom what I’d done so terribly wrong. I could take 100 calls a day and be helpful. Did I forget to file a report…WHAT?
The day couldn’t have oozed along any slower. As 3pm rolled around my heart started to hammer. Was I supposed to go see my boss, was he coming to me? Is there an etiquette for getting fired? I could hear footsteps coming down the aisle and a growing murmur. I was mortified, was there going to be an audience?
I looked up, and there was Tim and he was holding roses. My boss was behind Tim, hopping up and down, clapping, and grinning like the Cheshire Cat. Tim didn’t say a word, he just nodded, and pushed the roses towards me. You probably know what was coming, but at the time, all I could think was, “does this mean I’m not fired?”
The roses had a note tied to them that said “Will you?” Inside, there was a ring, and a note that said, “Marry me? XOXOXO Tim” Of course I said yes, and all of my co-workers cheered as Tim escorted me downstairs to a waiting limousine. As I passed my boss he said, “this means you get to go home early!” True story.