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Monday, June 11, 2012

A Cleaning Jag

The Cottage, spiffed up, with a For Sale sign out front.

When I was twenty-two, I was asked to resign from a job for which I had been hired six months previously. I worked for a small financial consulting firm as the marketing director.  Someone with two more years of experience than I had, a person with male genitalia and a healthy love of the Celtics was recruited for my job.  I was so informed on a Friday morning.  I rode my bicycle the six miles to work that day and was stuck with riding it home later that morning with tears obscuring my vision; I was crying so hard that my shirt was wet when I arrived home.  It was mid-day and I was not clear what I should do with the unexpected hiatus in my day.  I did what often brings me solace.  I ironed. I found everything I could iron, plus a few sets of sheets for extra measure. After close to two hours of ironing in my one bedroom apartment, I cleaned for three hours.  Finally, it was the end of what would have been a normal work day.  I learned several things about myself as a result of having been fired.  When I am unduly stressed, I am relieved by doing work.  Ironing is particularly soothing, a close second is weeding, followed by painting.  I learned that people are not always honorable.  And most importantly, I learned that I will survive.  Under all circumstances, except one, I will survive.  As it turned out, the head of a different division within the company called to offer me a job over the weekend.  
Today, I found myself doing extreme painting and weeding.  The precipitating factor  was not definitive, but something was not aligned, and I was working it through.  So I sanded, raked, brushed, snipped, clipped and dug. The sun has set and I am bone-weary. Sleep is overtaking me and, as it claims me, a smile settles on my face. I reflect on the satisfaction that my work mattered.  The Cottage feels lighter, brighter and more fit for my state of mind.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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