Seems strange to not be at work on a big, big day in my career. You see today I'm officially a "2," a support enforcement officer 2 that is! One year in the Wenatchee field office, one year of training, intense training so ripe with rules and policies and protocol that I still don't understand it and and still am on probation. But one year where I have learned so much and have truly come to love the work I do and am actually EXCITED to go to work everyday. I can, and do help those in need and those with barriers that keep them from supporting their children, I have helped keep kids safe and answered questions for confused, frustrated and scared parents. I have hunted down people who for one reason or another intentionally avoid supporting their children financially. I am a good, hard worker. I give 110% and then some more to my employer because that's how I was raised. Work! Work your best and hardest and represent well! This is how I was raised and yet I'm not there on my promotion day. I should be there right now, but one of the people who instilled that strong work ethic lingers in the room next to me, still in bed, still tired from years and decades of good, hard, honest work. I intended to be there today, at my job, in my cube working, but she needs me.
The gramma-lady's life wanes, and she needs me now. So... I am here and not there on this promotion day. Not gonna lie, contrary to my minimal ways, I bought promotion boots to celebrate (like I bought my red boots when I got the news I was hired). I was supposed to walk in to the field office today in my fancy new boots and bask in a year of accomplishment and celebrate the bright career before me... I had my Facebook post all planned out, it was going to go something like, "I'd like to thank the Academy..." An homage to the intensive training an SEO 1 undergoes and also to the recent Academy Awards. I'm not gonna lie, a big part of me feels sick for not being there because as a dedicated employee I feel a strong pull and sense of responsibility to be there... But she needs me, so I am here.
I am humbled and blessed to have a job that recognizes that I'm not just a worker and unit of labor, but also a soul with a life outside the office. I feel blessed to work where I can be available to my family in an emergency, and the gramma-lady's condition is an emergency. She needs me, she needs her family and I get to be here for her. So, happy promotion day to me, sorry to my co-workers and customers that I'm not there, but thank you for the opportunity to be an SEO and a granddaughter, I am blessed!