This was one purchase I was not going to pass up. Especially when, frugal shopper that I am, I noticed the Buy One Get One Half Off sign across the top of the display.
Several bright pink tee shirts on a nearby rack in more silver block letters declared AWESOME STARTS HERE.
Perfect times two.
Both messages brought to mind an incident of a few years ago when I was raising this grandbaby’s momma. Her middle school class was going to create a bank so the students could learn the ins and outs of corporate finance. Various positions were open for applications and she was so excited to be a part.
As the project took shape, she brought home a printed list of the duties associated with such job titles as president, vice-president, teller, auditor and the like.
After studying the sheet for a while, she shared her intentions. “I think I’ll apply for the vice-president job.”
“What does the vice-president have to know?”
“Everything the president does.” She didn’t bother to look up. “In case they ever have to take over the job.”
I’ll admit I had a little trouble holding in a ‘is this all the farther we’ve come in smashing the glass ceiling’ rant.
At the risk of providing an inappropriate information dump – an absolute no no in my oh so competent CP’s world – a touch of back story here is necessary.
My long time paycheck job was a management position at a non-profit. One of those professional organizations with a typical men only need to apply mind set. I must have done something right since I survived there for a quite a while. Yet, year after year, I’d have to prove myself again to the incoming, usually male dominated and skeptical, volunteer Board of Directors.
In fact, my brother had an interesting exchange with one of the members shortly after I got the job.
“I heard for that new CEO position they hired a girl.”
Bless his heart, my brother’s response was quick and to the point. “Yes they did. And she’s my sister.”
As I understand, the conversation ended there.
But, back to the dialogue between my daughter and me regarding her immediate career aspirations.
I cleared my throat and swallowed the rant. “The vice-president needs to know everything the president does, so why not apply for the president position?”
My question was met with wide eyes and a dropped open mouth. Then the eyes blinked and the mouth spoke. “Yeah. Why not? I think I will.”
She did and she got it!
FEELING FIERCE and AWESOME STARTS HERE are tucked away for my granddaughter’s upcoming birthday. May she wear them proudly, and stand tall when she does so.
You know what? I wish they made those tee shirts in my size.
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