Thursday, August 21, 2008
How I Met My Boss....
It's been 10 years since I first met my boss...
I actually kind of know him at church but never really converse past the usual "hello" and "hi prior to me being hired by his wife to be their secretary/office manager. So how I met him is from church, and how I was hired is through his wife :)
After I was hired, I remember wondering what kind of boss he would be. He was 60 something at that time. A very successful developer with a good reputation. I on the other hand is coming out from a ministry job (about 10 years total) so I was really "anxious" about this new job. I had ZERO knowledge in construction and development - zip, nada, none!
To add a twist to the story, a couple of weeks before I started my new job with their company, I found out I was pregnant with my 2nd (at that time I had a 5 months old baby too). I was shocked and cried at the doctors office when I found out I was pregnant because that means I would have to take a maternity leave in the middle of the development project we are doing and I didn't think my new bosses would like that.
I called Joyce (my lady boss, wife of Jesse my boss). I told her that I just found out I am (was) pregnant, and I told her that if for any reason they would like to change their mind about hiring me - it's ok. I understand that it would be hard to have s newly hired take a maternity leave in the middle of an important project (not to mention having a pregnant lady in the construction office). Joyce said she would call Jesse and will call me back. Next thing I know, Jesse called me, told me they still would like to hire me and they we will work things out. Actually, if I remember right, he even said we will have fun. I was so grateful they still hired me because at that time I already had resigned from my other job.
And so the first day I met Jesse, my boss, is the day I met the boss that I would be working for for 10 years and more...
Jesse is a great boss. I learned a lot from him (and still learning) and I have a very high respect for the man. He and his wife have always been so caring and generous to me and my family. The day I met my boss, I met a man who taught me to dream and dream big - not only that but also thought me to take steps to achieve my dreams - to never give up. Thanks Jesse - and advance happy birthday to you.
This post is inspired by the prompt at Sunday Scribblings called "How I Met My (Blank)". For a variety of scribblings, interpretations and inspired writings, visit Sunday Scribblings.