Chopped Liver

Strike three, four, five and six.

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Or maybe it’s seven. I’ve lost track of how many part-time jobs I’ve applied for since we moved here. All I know is twice in the last week or so, I was turned down yet again. Neither rejection was my fault (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it) but it still doesn’t do much for the ol’ ego.

The stinkiest part of it is that I really, honestly thought I had this last one. After a part-time professional organizer position fell apart — the owner of the company decided not to expand to this part of Washington after all (or so she said) — I emailed the folks who own an organic apple orchard just down the street from us to see if they’d be needing someone to work their hard cider tasting room come April. The wife replied quickly explaining they were “crazy busy” right that second, but she definitely wanted to talk with me.

Hopeful, wouldn’t you say?

In a subsequent email, she explained that while they already have plenty of help for the tasting room, they do have a large empty hoop house inside which they’d like to plant vegetables but don’t have the time to do it themselves. They wondered if I’d be interested in helping them plan a season or three and manage the crew.

Wow, how perfect does that sound for a former organic vegetable farmer such as myself, right? Wrong. See, I wasn’t the crop planner at the farm I co-owned. My husband John did all that. I, on the other hand, concentrated more on harvests and how much of this and that we needed for our bi-weekly markets, which I also worked. I did the bookkeeping, too, and payroll. I did them poorly (and I have a stack of correction notices from the IRS to prove it), but I did them.

First and foremost, however, my main role at the farm was as Princess. That job, I had down to an art. And oddly enough, I’ve yet to run across a want ad looking for one.

Nope, it appears what everyone wants is…John. For one thing, he’d be perfect for the apple orchard gig. He’s busy with his part-time job assistant managering the produce department at the groovy local foods store, though, and has no desire to give that up for a seasonal position, even one that seems almost custom-made for him.

Come to think of it, his produce department job was custom-made for him. He fell into it by answering an ad for part-time cashier and when the owners saw his resume, they created this altogether new position specifically for him.

Know what happened with my resume after I took it to a different local food store in response to their ad for part-time cashier? Nothing, that’s what. A big, fat nada. Not only did the owners not offer an even better, more streamlined job for me like John’s store did for him…they didn’t even call me to interview for the cashier job.

It doesn’t end there. John and I started playing pickleball at the same time yet not surprisingly, he’s much, much better at it than I. John’s a natural at sports, see. I’m, well, not. That’s not to say I’m lousy at the game — I can hold my own — but John has far surpassed my skill level. So much so that on a recent afternoon, a call came in on my phone from one of the Pros from Dover (as we refer to the most experienced players in the neighborhood) that went something like this:

Pro: Hi Jo. Is John at work today?

Me: No, he’s home.

Pro: He’s home? Right now?

Me: Yes.

Pro: Um, we’re up here at the court and need another player.

Me: Okay, I’ll tell him. It’ll only be John coming, though, because I’m not…

Pro: Great! Thanks! Bye!

I can’t say I was tickled pink at the implied insult, but I’ve never thought of myself as an athletic equal to my husband so it didn’t hurt my feelings really. I’m pretty much a klutz through and through, and am able to live with that.

The same Pro from Dover called again a day or two later, only this time it was about something other than pickleball. This time, she was calling to ask a question of me. Turns out, she’s on the neighborhood Nominating Committee and wanted to know if I’d be willing to run for a seat on the Board of Directors.

Well well well! How about that? Never mind that I have no desire to be on the Board — all those boring meetings — it still felt pretty good to think my name came up as a possibility. After all, in this community there are around 600 households from which to choose a nominee. Puffed with pride and feeling self-confident, I decided honesty was the best policy and told the Pro straight out that, while I was flattered, I was going to decline.

Apparently her policy is honesty too, as she immediately admitted it was John’s name, not mine, that originally came up in the Nominating Committee meeting. They just figured he probably wouldn’t have the time — being employed and all — making me, the unemployed one, a logical second choice.

So much for pride. And self-confidence. I’ll tell you what, though: one of these days, somebody, somewhere, is going to be in need of a princess.

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And chances are, when that happens they’ll offer John the job first.

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24 thoughts on “Chopped Liver

  1. Jo, you will always be our Princess! We miss you!
    Happy Belated Birthday John! We know you had a Birthday earlier this Month.
    Abrazos, Larry and Juan

  2. In every Princess’ life a few, Frogs will hop by, stopping to admire, and then hopping on.
    Practice the wave and prepare.

  3. Jo–Princesses do NOT work–even part time!!!!! They take long bubble baths, get their nails done (and a pedicure) with a glass of wine and then?? Maybe prepare dinner!!!! You need to write short stories–you are just toooo clever not to make us laugh weekly!!! Miss you guys!!!

    • Thank you Ruth, we miss you too. And what a great job description! I think I can handle that one just fine.

  4. From one princess to another — I absolutely agree with Ruth Cox. Princesses NEVER have to work. And here’s one reason you probably haven’t thought about — knowing your princess status, people generally shy away because of the intimidation factor. I see it all the time. We are a rare breed indeed and most folks can’t live up to standards we demand and expect of those around us. Enjoy your bubble baths and yummy glasses of wine! I’ll be in your shoes by the end of this year! Love you guys!!

  5. Hey, Jo. I hereby dub thee Princess Twinkletoes, I think that’ill work. Hard — so why should you have to? Sit down, put your dainty little feet up, and dispatch someone to do something for you. Then take a nap. Great post!

    • Well that’s a sweet way to look at it, Pat! You’re a nice person. Me? Probably not so much. While I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment, let’s keep it under our hats. We wouldn’t want John to get a big head, you know.

  6. I’m not sure. Either you are just too valuable asset for the locals or is that the horrible sound of a hissing sound of an ego deflating that I hear. Just enjoy spring and summer. Whenever your time comes , the opportunity
    will happen.

    • You’re absolutely right Joe. It’s ego through and through. Good advice about enjoying spring and summer, however — our beautiful Washington sunsets will most certainly help hold this bruised ego at bay.

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