An Uncomfortable Encounter

While doing our routine grocery shopping this morning, I stopped by the customer service counter and talked with a couple of former co-workers. That’s when I learned my former, immediate supervisor (we’ll call him “Lenny”) was in the store today. He had quit working at the store about one or two years ago now; I happened in on his farewell party one Friday and, uncomfortably, wished him “good luck” with becoming a father and his new life. Well, I had hoped I wouldn’t run into him again today. I decided to tell my former co-workers to “tell him I said ‘Hello’ if I don’t see him today.”

Things were going fine throughout the produce section and the beginning of the bakery section, but I could see Lenny — with his daughter in the cart — talking with the bakers and deli personnel(again all people I know and worked with) and I tried desperately hard to avoid him. We managed to get by undetected and I thought we were in the clear. Not so fast!

As we finished the meat department and I was comparing nutrition facts on hot dogs, I heard Lenny’s unwelcoming voice. “Hey, hey, how’s it going?” Oh, God! I couldn’t escape now. “Okay,” I replied coolly. “How are you?” “GREAT! Great!” Then he turned to his daughter, “Can you say ‘Hi’?” His daughter said “Hi” and then he took off; I really felt uncomfortable around him. I mean what do you say to a former boss that you almost always got into a shouting match with every day you went to work or one that refused to put you back on the schedule after you graduated and could work full-time and even told him you could work again? Yes, Lenny was all these things to me and probably more.

I know I should pray for him after all, isn’t that what Jesus taught us? Pray for those who persecute you and your enemies? Anyway, this was a very uncomfortable encounter and I do wish him all the best even if I never did (and probably never will) get along with Lenny.

God, bless us — everyone (yes, even Lenny)!

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About Christy

I enjoy: my family, my faith life, photography, drawing; writing, working on cars, basketball, football, and baseball. These are just a few of the many things I like...you'll just have to read my blog to know me better to know more of them. Other things you may not catch on that I enjoy are: cats, angels, ballroom dancing, Christian music, camping (being one with nature and all of God's creations), traveling, cherry and apple blossoms, and the colors blue (in all shades), white, black, dark purple, and SOME shades of pink. (Rainbows are cool, too. And I'm NOT a lesbian! Although, I'm friends with some gays and lesbians as well as a few transgenders.) I am Roman Catholic. I graduated from Johnson County Community College, where I majored in Animation in hopes of fulfilling my dreams of being a computer generated animation movie maker. I also have a degree in Corporate Communication from Avila University. I'm currently employed at Nestle Toll House/Haagen-Dazs (at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park), I own my own business -- C & S Productions, L.L.C. (check it out at http://www.csproductionsllc.com), and am single. My favorite time of year is Winter and the Christmas season! It's just so...well, I can't put it into words. ^_^ Lastly, I am 36 years young!
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