October 18, 2007

Goodbye, My Love

Today was a very sad day at work. Today was the last day that The One was my co-worker. She will remain in the same franchise, but has been transferred to a store in another town. She was the one and last thing that had me wanting to go to work at any given day. Without her, there will be no joy what so ever going in.

Lots of people, as I've mentioned before, have been laid off as we've been cutting down on staff. Most of those are people that I enjoyed working with. There has also been a major change in our work schedule (working irregular hours to fit in weekends and long hours), and that restructuring has left me working hours that the few remaining people I like do not work.

The only one I had, whose company I enjoyed at work, was The One. Now, she too is gone. I don't dislike anyone at work - it's not that I cannot stand them, but the ones that are left just don't put a smile on my face upon arrival.

Soon I will be working with one person that I really - and by that I sincerely mean really - can not tolerate. This person is the most annoying and incompetent being I have ever come across in my entire life. And, this person was handed a management role instead of The One, who had applied for the job and had shown at work how badly she wanted it - working late, staying in without pay, doing a better job than anyone before her has ever done at our store...

Why, Oh Why? How can they send her away from us (it's not just me wanting her to stay - we all do)? And, how can they hire someone that not a single one wants anything to do with??? Not even our store manager wants this person - the decision was made over her head as well.

A co-worker came in extra today. He's one of those guys I enjoy working with, but is going to school now, so he only works every other weekend (of course, not the same weekends that I work). He hadn't yet heard of the employment of this character.

"What?", he says. "Well, they can forget me coming in to work extra on a weekday then. If she's here - I'm staying the fuck away."

Me? I'm looking all over the place for a new job. The person I'm talking about is currently working in another city, and will not arrive until December 1st... by then I hope to be long gone.

Well... the last hour or so today, I felt really down. I spoke to The One just before she walked out the door.

"So, how does it feel, now that you won't be coming back here to work any more?"

She smiles at me - that smile that I love so much it hurts.

"Aaah... You know I'll still be coming in here every day."

"Well, you'll be over in Anytown, so it's kind of hard for you to pop in here."

"So, I'll come in evenings. Just like always."

"But you don't have the keys anymore."

At that, I thought I saw some sadness in her eyes. She doesn't like to show it, and quickly started talking about something else. When she left, she barely said goodbye. I told her good luck at her new job.

Now... now I just pray that we will still stay in touch. We've had some problems of late, because of me loving her and she not loving me... but I hope we stay in touch, because I need to see that smile every now and then.

So, Goodbye Beautiful. I hope you will enjoy your new job.


I'm boring you all with my posting about The One, so I promise... Tomorrow I will post a blog that has nothing to do with her... Nothing at all. Today, I just had to get this out of my system.


Jay said...

Working relationships are always difficult. I've had to work with some people that no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get along with them.

R.E.H. said...

Jay: It is indeed difficult, and I've managed to pull through it before - but this one, I'm not sure... It's going to get ugly. (Even our boss indicated today that she hopes to rid herself of this woman quickly... apparently she's done something terribly wrong that she can't tell me about).

Beautifully Profound said...

You poor dear. I am sorry things worked out like that. Any chance you could get transferred to her same store? Say it's more convenient or I don't know. All I know is that really sucks and I feel your pain. The one for me (Mik) lives on the other side of the planet. Never been so happy and miserable my whole life. Hang in there. Things will get better.

BottleBlonde said...

I have empathy for you, R.E.H. It's agonizing to love someone who doesn't love you back, and add to that the fact that they are leaving your life (for the most part). It sounds like you are going through a sad time, and I feel for you.

I also know what it's like to work for someone you don't respect. RUN! AS FAR AS YOU CAN!

I do hope you find a career that you love!

R.E.H. said...

Beautifully Profound: Thank you for your concern. I already did try to get transferred to the same store she's going to.

Not for her (not just for her anyway), but I asked the boss over at that store right after I recieved the news of this other person coming to us. I know the boss over there as well - she used to be store manager at my store.

Bottle Blonde: Thanks for your sympathy. It is a rather sad time, but I'm trying to cheer myself up thinking it's all part of life - it's not like I'm the only one (although at times it feels like it).

And... I'm trying to run. But, around here jobs are very hard to come by. One must hold on to what he has...

Tink said...

When there's no one left that I like working with, that's usually my deal breaker. Hoop and I used to work together. That's where we met actually. Then he left for bigger and better things. I still saw him, at home, but it made work suddenly very difficult to deal with. It's been a year and a half since he left this job and I've been MISERABLE since. Do yourself the favor and get out now. It's time for a change. Who knows... Maybe the next place will have another ONE in it. ;)

Guilty Secret said...

Aw :(

Good colleagues are important, I agree.