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
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!!