This week turned into a big challenge at work. I worked many, many hours. I was going to go into the office this weekend, and have decided against it. After working a couple of 12 hour days, I need my days off.
On Thursday morning, a young man showed up in my office. He has an entry level job in patient care. He had wanted me to do a bunch of work on forms for HIS annual project. I fell for that last year with someone else. I told him he needs to talk with his supervisor, and get her buy-in, and THEN, if HE has the skills, he can make his revisions and send them to me, and then they will need to be approved by a multi-disciplinary committee before they are used.
I don’t think he liked that answer. So, standing in my office, he very slowly and carefully explained to me that “young. people. like. to. use. electronic. forms. Older. people. like. to. stick. to. what. they. know. and. use. paper. forms. But. younger. people. like. things. to. be. electronic. Slowly, carefully, loudly, he told me these things. And although I wanted to strangle him right after I told him that I created the first electronic forms in that hospital in 1994, when he was probably in kindergarten, I did not do that. I smiled and told him to talk with his supervisor, as I shooed him out of my office. He walked down the hall, and then went out a door that is covered with signs that say “DO NOT USE THIS DOOR. IT IS ALARMED!” Big red signs. He opened the door and set off the alarm. I guess young. people. like. to. go. out. the. wrong. doors. while. older. people. use. the. right. doors.
Last night my friend from high school called. We talked for almost two hours. About life as “older” people. About dumb shit agism. He has had a fabulous career and life. He started out as nutty as I did, but straightened up after a couple of years in college (which is what happens when you don’t have the disease of alcoholism). But we understand each other in such a profound way. I will get to see him in April when he comes to give a lecture at a nearby university.
I got to go to the yarn shop last night and knit with the women. So wonderful to sit with these women and knit and talk, and mostly listen. I am working on a lap blanket for my brother who is now in a nursing home 😦 I am also working on the last rows of a “mystery knit-along.” It is THE most beautiful shawl I have ever made. If I had known it was going to be so beautiful, I would have chosen a more neutral color than the green I am using. I’ll post photos when it is finished.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Love, Mary