The Joys of the Job

I walked into work half an hour late this beautiful mild morning, to find my boss elbow-deep in paint, paper, gum and scissors, grinning delightedly to himself. It was springtime on his desk.

“Hullo!”, I said, googly-eyed. We had Serious Pending Work, and I expected much busy-beeing, head-clutching and manic tea-glugging all around, not this cheerful kindergartening.

“Hello, hello!”, said my boss, misunderstanding my reaction. “We’re making the the cover for the children’s book. Design perm-coms. What do you think?”

“I think”, I said firmly,”that I can help”. And, without waiting for a response, dove headlong into Paint-tipped Gummy-finger Land.

My job may be underpaid and overworked, but every now and then, it is utterly, utterly delightful.

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14 comments

  1. Delete this if you wish but you are serious mommy material. Good cook, good with projects, harsh critic. Total. 🙂

    • Thank you, Pathikritda 🙂 Why would I wish to delete it? Is there a hidden barb in that compliment I can’t detect?

      But you’re wrong 🙂 I was brought up to make a mess of my things till I figured out how to do them right on my own*, and this is the school of parenting I will follow if I ever have children. [*Does not apply to things like handling hot irons, changing lightbulbs, or cooking. Those, I was carefully instructed in]

    • I read through after writing it, and immediately wondered why something felt off. That was it! It’s downright schizophrenic how the internet affects what I type, but not how I speak (or read what I write). Caught between cultures!

        • I think I’m indicating I am not. It flows out easily when I’m typing at speed — the influence of the internet, no doubt — but it bothers me when I read my own writing back. The schizophrenic quip, Sunny, was pointed.

          • I considered making a snide reference to the “Love Dove” ads currently on telly but it’s too late in the afternoon, too warm outside, I’m feeling too mellow.

  2. […] remember the morning I walked into work and found it had been transformed into an artist’s studio? Well, the book we were doing the illustrations for has been published, and I’ve just […]

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