Thursday, January 24, 2013
Quilting away sadness
Yesterday we were all called into a meeting with the management. All phones were turned off (I work in a customer service part time...) and all customers were left in phone queues... The meeting was over in less than an hour but the shock stayed in the office the rest of the day... 8 people were laid off.
One lady has worked in the office for 35 years. She is a widow with no children aged mid fifties... Three other ladies are divorced and single in ages 50-60... A couple of the girls said they will take the opportunity to fulfill dreams of making a change that they have been wanting to do for a long time but of convenience and fear they have stayed and the years have just past by. I have never experienced a lay off like this before and it was a really surreal feeling. It almost felt like the world just stopped. No thought was able to be thought. No job made. No words found. I lost one of my closest colleagues in the Scandinavian department... I am speechless.
So after choosing a border, adding it and preparing my quilt top for quilting I am now quilting my sorrows away. One row after another is shaping this quilt that I am actually making for another lady at work that recently was laid off as well. I am wondering how long it will take before it is my turn.
I am not afraid, I don't really need this job, but it is a big part of my social life as I work with Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Finish girls. We are a great team. And the fact that we all are emigrated makes our bond even strong. We care and look after each other like we would be one big family.
Tomorrow I am back at work again. With translations, proof readings, archiving and phone calls... I wonder what it will be like, if the shock will still hang like a big cloud over the office or not. There is always a silver lining, at least they say so. I truly hope my colleagues will have a bright future after all. When the worst shock has weaned off, then maybe we can open a bottle of bubbly and cheer for the future.