A Moment of Self Pride

Last weekend I ran into a former coworker at the grocery. She and I had worked together in the purchasing department of a homebuilder.

In 2003, I went back with this previous employer when Microsoft bought out the company at which I was a web designer. This purchasing job had nothing to do with design, but I was promoted above my earlier position and the pay was okay. I wanted something “stable.”

I spent ten months of being treated poorly by others at the homebuilding company. They felt cheated out of my job since I was hired from the “outside”. From my perspective, I had just called a former boss to see if he had a position available. I had worked with him four years earlier. He was eager to have me back, so he created this position just for me. He did not interview anyone inside the company for the position. I had no idea of the jealousies that would confront me.

This woman I ran into last weekend was one of the ones who treated me poorly, but near the end of my stay there she apologized for her behavior. We parted on good terms when I finally left the company to get back into the design world. My next job was awful, but that’s a story for another time.

At the grocery store, she asked me if I was still doing web design.

I proudly told her, “As a matter of fact, I am teaching it at ******* High School.”

By Dawn Pedersen

Science advocate, web designer, educator, artist, and mommy.

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