Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Contemplation Days

My office sponsor wants to know if I have any questions.

As a matter of fact, I do:

Are we going to enjoy working together?

How do you know what you're doing is making a difference?

Would you take the assignment again, given the chance?

What do you do when it's all just a little bit too much?

What mistakes am I going to make?

How will I know if I need to curtail?

How will I tell you if you need to curtail?

Would you mind picking up some coffee and milk for me?

I hope he doesn't buy me Nescafe.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I'll Take the Stairs

Having "Leadership Skills" training in the same building where my dad's father used to work gives me a curious sense of connectivity. I only know him from photographs -- maybe that means that any feeling of connection is misplaced. But I find myself thinking about him when I go up and down the steep wooden staircase that runs through the heart of the building, and I can easily picture him treading the same route. It cues a sort of lopsided swell of pride to put my hand on the banister and think that his hand might have been there. We're at least connected in service, if in little else.