Up Before God

No, your computer isn’t broken…I really haven’t posted any new blogs for several days now because my six-year-old computer crashed, again, for the third time. I love technology when it works right, but absolutely hate it when it doesn’t.  Anyway, I have a new laptop now and I’m very happy to be back, and even more happy to know you missed me:)!

I have to say, when frustrating things happen, it is good to keep a sense of humor or have someone around who can make light of a situation, even if you don’t really know the person.

My daughter, Shantel, is trying to find a job. I have never in my life seen anyone who wants to work more than she does. We’ve told her she doesn’t need to worry about getting a job right now and in fact I really wish she wouldn’t because I want her to give her studies her full and undivided attention. But, she is young, and wants to spread her own wings and see how high she can fly, so I do all I can to help her.

Shantel can fill out some on-line job applications on her laptop that has the JAWS program on it which reads to her information that is on the screen. However, there are some on-line applications that will not accommodate JAWS so I read the questions and fill in the answers she provides. I thought I had seen it all when I helped her complete a FRY’s food store application for a courtesy clerk. The application was forty-two pages long! I was so frustrated by the time I finished with it I told Shantel I think we could get into the Secret Service easier than get a job bagging groceries at Fry’s!!!

Well, today, Shantel asked me if I would help her complete an application for Hyatt Regency. They have a part-time opening for a bus person. Shantel asked me if I thought she could do that job and my first response was “of course you can, it’s just clearing tables”. Then Shantel told me a friend of hers said she didn’t think Shantel should apply for the position because you have to be really fast as you carry dirty dishes back to the kitchen area. I told Shantel most places have a tub to put the dirty dishes in so you can carry then back to the kitchen, and that’s when Shantel asked me if I thought she could do that with one hand…reminding me that she is blind and needs her other hand to “see” where she is going…my heart sank as I realized just how difficult a simple bus person job could be for Shantel. But, Shantel is so determined to have a job, so I told her if she wanted the job bad enough she would find a way to make it work. We filled out the on-line application which was about twenty pages long and when I tried to submit it, a box pops up saying “you have to complete an… on-line survey which takes about fifteen minutes, before submitting your application or your application will be rejected…We’re talking about a bus person job here people…We completed the survey, which was 100 questions. Here are a couple of the ones that stood out: ” there are 50 hours in a day?, you can count to 10?, and the all time favorite, you can see to read this question?”…I would really like to meet the person that makes up these stupid questions…

Finally, we were ready to leave to take Shantel to school. But first, she wanted to stop at Wal-Mart, then make another stop to get her breakfast.

By the time I pulled into Wal-Mart, I was frustrated beyond belief and thinking to myself…”it would be nice to just own my own life and not have my life governed by the needs of others… (** Note to self…be glad you have others to do things for and stop complaining…:) Shantel gave me her list of items she needed and I walked her sighted guide to collect them. When we finally arrived at the checkout counter, a very small framed woman with a very perky voice said “Hi there ladies, how are you doing”. Shantel said we are fine and I asked the woman how she was for lack of anything else to say…She looked at me and said ” All I can see is the backside of my pillow right now because I’ve been here at work since four o’clock. I said ‘wow, that’s early” to which she replied ‘yes, I was sitting up in my bed at two-thirty this morning trying to get motivation to drag myself to the shower and I started thinking to myself What Am I Doing Up Before GOD”! I don’t know why, but that just CRACKED ME UP!

I don’t know if I get up before God, but I know I thank him everyday for people with a sense of humor!

Stay Tuned

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 22:28:13

    I feel so bad for her not being able to find a job. So many people could care less about working and here we have a person that just wants to work. Will keep thinking positive thoughts for her. (And you!) And speaking of YOU…you have always gotten up before God. Who are you fooling, ha ha! xoxo More!


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