A Day in the Life

Homeschooling and Medieval Living

Unlikely Friends

on January 26, 2013

– From The Daily Compass:

There’s nothing so cute as a picture of a dog that’s befriended a rabbit, or a moose that is best friends with a cow. It warms the heart to think of love flourishing in unlikely places. But sometimes it is worth celebrating the ways in which we simply manage to peacefully share space with those who are near us: the neighbors or co-workers who we may not enjoy, but who have as much right to the rock as we.

How do you make space for people you don’t care for, or with whom you disagree?

There is a co-worker of mine (let’s call him Bob). He is well over his retirement age (in his mid to late 70’s). He is crotchety to say the least. He has a very set way of doing things. He works with me in the warehouse of a local vet supply company. Boxes full of supplies come down the line. They are tagged with address labels and sent out to the couriers. We go to the line and pick them up. Then, we place them onto the corresponding route’s pallet. We all help each other. I distribute whatever boxes come down the line – we all do. Then, twenty minutes before the packers go to lunch, we all load up our vehicles. Now no one has a special loading bay. We do not have assigned parking. It is first come, first serve. My boss has stated this to all of us on many occasions.

Anyway… Bob gets his own boxes off the line. He hates having help. He also gets upset if someone parks in “his” spot. He does not want anyone to get in his way. Unfortunately, I have done all of the above. As the “new guy” I did not know what Bob was like. I was not warned. So, I parked where I wanted and I helped out everyone. Bob quickly set me straight and really upset me. Since that day, I have gotten many glares from him. What do I do? I greet him with a smile and a hello every morning. I park where I can, and I am civil to him. But, I DON’T help him with his boxes. He prefers that. I also keep my distance as much as possible. In this manner, I keep the peace. After all, we all have to work together. And besides, he HAS to retire some day, right?:)

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