writer, right?

It’s quite trying to greet people with a sincere smile, ask them how their day is, and get this response:

“Yeah, I’ll have a double nonfat vanilla latte.”

My gut reaction is to give them a second chance to behave like decent human beings. Something to the effect of: “Let me try this again. HELLO! How are you today?” (Because it’s only after you acknowledge my existence that I will feel compelled to take your order.) But of course I make their order, still with a smile, as I dance to a rhythm stuck in my head and ponder why so many people negate the art of desultory conversation.

I go through these motions because I need to — money is tight and jobs in my field are somewhat scarce. It’s not that they’re not out there so much as I choose not to relocate (at least not until my son is old enough to leap from the nest and land on a college branch). This limits me to applying for writer, copy writer, editor jobs in which telecommuting is possible.

I go through these motions because I love my boss. We have a common bond of being divorced mothers to stubborn teenagers, and I want to do everything within my power to make her business a success.

Even though many of the people I greet each day see merely a coffee wench and not a person, I am more than just a barista. I am mother, lover, writer, adventurer. I am truly grateful that my boss, my friends and family all appreciate me for these attributes, and encourage me to keep the muse fires burning. I am ever hopeful that the right writing job is out there for me, and, until I land it, you can find me at that independent coffee house by the beach. Don’t forget to say hello before I whip up your latte.


4 comments on “writer, right?

  1. jensine says:

    I know what you mean … I try to free-lance but work is few and far between … but like you a smile is always a smile and I am sure it helps you stay sane.

    • Amber Hudson says:

      If not for the people you smile upon, then it is good for your soul. I often think of my job as a sociological experiment. So many people are so disconnected from one another. The least I can do is to remain connected to myself.

  2. thebitchybride says:

    Sigh, you just described my life entirely… except I can’t even massage my community spirit by saying my coffee shop’s independent.

    • Amber Hudson says:

      The down side to working at an independent coffee house is that some people ask me how my boss is doing as if she’s a rock star, but then don’t ask how I am. It’s fairly odd to me. I want to say, “I’m here for you making your mocha. What does it matter what my boss is up to today?”

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