May We All Be Blessed With Such Weirdness

, , , , | Working | August 19, 2020

It’s the last day of my job after working through two months of notice. I’m an advocate in the justice system. Although I love my clients, I’m horrifically overworked, underpaid, and being systematically treated like a dogsbody by all but a select few of my colleagues.

So far, I’ve had two threatening calls from my manager telling me I need to work another month, the CEO asking if I think that jobs grow on trees, and my coworker saying I’m being selfish as she’s going to have to work her full hours now.

I also had a “goodbye” card that had clearly been written for someone else, with their name crossed out and mine written over it, and a bunch of lilies — I’m allergic, which should be well known.

I’m so ready to leave that I’m considering jumping out a window when one of my clients turns up at my office carrying a big shopping bag.

“Hey, [My Name],” she says. “I just wanted to say goodbye, good luck, and thank you. I hate goodbyes so don’t start getting emotional with me. Take this and have a really good life! F*** anyone who tries to tell you you’re not awesome! Bye!”

She nearly threw the bag at me and ran from the building. 

I opened the bag to find a casserole veg pack — I’m dieting — a keyring with a hand-drawn portrait of me on it, and a homemade thank-you card.

She was right to run; I cried so hard at the weird, thoughtful gift and decided in that moment to never be treated below my worth again.

The keyring is still with me ten years later.


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