Working Mum: How my intern turned it all around with a well-chosen compliment
By Tabitha Ronson
It wasn't exactly the start to my New Year working schedule I had planned. With a heavy heart, I dragged myself back into the office after having spent a blissful couple of weeks with Master A.
Head down my plan was to ease myself gently into the whole rat race routine. Well, the best laid plans...
Fresh back from a ski and spa break in Vail, Colorado, my boss was brimming with a new-found high-octane vigour. She could hardly contain her excitement as she presented me with her new project.
"Meet Jack! He's our new intern. I want you to take him under your wing, show him the ropes," she boomed.
"Intern," I screamed (inwardly, of course - it's my boss after all).
I have not got the time, patience or inclination to hand-hold the six-foot-two, bottom-fluff bearded, mid-20-something standing before me.
There's something about interns that make me want to run to the hills. We've had several come through the company and each one has been a right royal pain in the proverbial.
The last one we accommodated - another whim of my boss' a couple of years back - refused to photocopy (too menial) or do a Costa run (not challenging enough). I'd say pulling off a large coffee order, with all its variations - a triple shot grande skinny vanilla latte with soy the simplest on the list - was easily a suitable task.
Jack pulled up a chair beside me. I switched on my computer, wondering where on earth I was going to start with this kid. I didn't even know the basic what, why and how he had materialised in our office. Why hadn't my obsequious Annoying Colleague been given the job of babysitting? I could feel my resentment beginning to grow. Grrrrrr.
"Cool, who's that?" he said, pointing to the photo of a costume-clad photo of Master A on my desktop. "I wrote my thesis on Batman - I'm parched. Shall I go and make us both a cuppa."
And just like that I knew that Jack and I would rub along together quite nicely.
Working Mum, always willing to see the good in people - especially when they think my son is cool.