Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Speechless

Wow. I'm in shock. I just don't know what to say. Mrs. T. is a supervisor where I work. I first met her when I got sent to the floor after training. I wanted to be near a supervisor and mine wasn't usually around so I sat near her. The first question I had she laughed and refused to answer me. It didn't make me want to talk to her anymore but I don't really hold grudges and when I wound up sitting near her later on I still asked her more questions. She usually gave me the short answer but I didn't have any problems with that. I got the answers I needed while on calls and I got them fast.

Then one day I got brave enough to wear my salwar kameez to work. I was so nervous - no one wears stuff like that here. However as soon as she saw me she made a comment and walked around to where I was to see them. I explained to her where I got them and she wanted to hear more. She told me how beautiful they were and wanted to hear all about India. After that day we said hello to each other more and we were both friendlier towards each other. I wore some of my salwar kameez a few more times and she always wanted to see.

Then today I ran into her in the ladies room and she asked me if I had any plans to go back to India. I joked with her about how hard it was to get time off from work. We chatted a little about my plans with my fiancee and then she told me she admired my courage. I was speechless. I really didn't know how to respond. Here was someone who is older and professionally superior to me telling me she admired my courage. I really felt weak, I don't feel courageous. I don't let my fears slow me down but I have never thought of myself as courageous. Dang.....

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