Tuesday, July 2, 2013

First Day of Work - Tuesday Slice of Life

Yesterday, our youngest daughter began her first adult job.  Waves of nostalgia washed over me as we negotiated this past weekend and the morning of her start day.

She was so excited and enthusiastic, but I flashed back to the beginning of middle school and high school as time and time again, she shared that her biggest concern was having someone to sit with at lunch after her orientation session.  Do those worries about fitting in ever leave us?

She also fretted a great deal about having appropriate attire for work.  The lady from human resources had shared they had business casual attire, so Carrie and I headed off to the mall last Friday to buy a few clothing staples that would mix and match to create many such outfits.  But, even after a successful shopping trip with great new clothes, can you imagine this just-graduated-from-college girl's delight when she got an email from the company sharing that this entire week would be "jeans" week -- oh the joy!!

Then, yesterday morning, the actual first day of the job, she requested a breakfast.  She wanted me to make a fruit smoothie for her, which I was delighted to do.  She even asked me to pack her lunch.  Yes, I know she is 22 years old, and entirely capable of doing both of these tasks herself (after all, she will be living on her own in an apartment in the next month), but I wanted to do these things for her to ease any anxiety or worries she might have on her first day.

At the end of the day, I was scheduled to meet with friends, but I went late so I could hear all about Carries' "first day".  She was not enthralled with all the orientation paperwork, but she loved finally getting to her own branch of the company and spending time with her new boss and team.  There were no real work assignments; it will be interesting to hear how that goes today.  But she was ecstatic to find out 2 pieces of information:
  • she gets off Wednesday, July 3, at 3 PM and then has the rest of the weekend off 
  • she was informed that she may wear sandals to work
Fingers crossed that things continue to go well because on all the critical aspects of her job (what to wear and how long to be there), life is a beach right now! :)

And since this is a day that mostly Slicers stop by, I wanted give you the link to my more personal blog - Karen's Thoughtful Wanderings.


Other slices today can be found at Two Writing Teachers, Ruth and Stacey's blog, the blog that inspires us all to be here.  Thanks so much to both of these wonderful women for providing us yet one more format in which to write!  I hope they enjoy their July vacation!!




13 comments:

  1. Karen, we do never stop being a mom, do we? I enjoyed reading about you and your daughter, having fun together about 'her' job. How great to share that! I'm glad things went well, and hope they continue to give her a big boost as she is on her way! Thanks also for the link to your personal blog. I'm sure I'll enjoy it.

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  2. Another landmark!! Congrats to Carrie!!

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  3. Congratulations to your daughter--and to her incredibly supportive mom! I hope the rest of her first week goes as well.

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  4. I think it's wonderful that you made her lunch on her first day of work. She is out in the world, beginning her adult life with support. That's what mom's are for :)
    Good Luck to her!
    Bonnie

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  5. I love the fact that you made your daughter lunch on her first day of work. It's a big day for her and you. Bravo and fingers crossed!
    Bonnie

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  6. Congratulatins to Carrie and mom - how lucky she is to have a mom as interested and supportive as you!

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  7. Your littlest chick is ready to spread her wings and fly. How lucky you are to be there to support/encourage her through this journey. They may move out of the house, but never out of our heart.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this, Karen. I always love when you write and talk about kids (your own and other people's). Your affection for the details of their lives is wonderful.

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    1. Heather - I don't know if you'll stop back and see this or not, but I was just talking and thinking about you yesterday. I so love our times to collaborate. I will miss you as an editor, but am so glad you get to branch out to other endeavors like workshops and coaching. You are a natural at bringing out the best in people!!

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  9. Funny how life can change so much but, at the same time, not at all. How wonderful to be at her side during this exciting change :)

    Gretchen T.

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  10. Wow! Congratulations on a job well done to you and to Carrie! I was up at three this morning worrying because my nineteen year old is coming home today for ten days and this is the first time he has negotiated the airport totally by himself, no roommate or travel buddy or anything! Does this parenting stuff ever get easier???

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  11. Congrats to your daughter - a new job is so exciting!

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  12. It is so wonderful for Carrie and for your whole family. It was so sweet that you went out and got some new clothes and made her a smoothie for breakfast...very loving moves. I'm so glad that she found a job so quickly in this day and age. We got to see our son this week too...he has made it in this job for a whole year and I'm proud of him...I just wish we lived closer so I could make dinner occasionally for him. xo

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