Payback time

"The Scream" by Edvard Munch

“I’ve got a wonderful opportunity for you,” said the overly cheery voice on my answering machine.  I knew what that meant: it’s payback time.  I’m being paid back for all those phone calls I made to volunteers – using a similar vocal inflection – while I was on the job.

That explains how I found myself riding a school bus for 90 minutes today with 40 shrieking eighth-grade girls and how I ended up earlier this month in front of a large group of Korean, Japanese and Spanish-speakers explaining the American health-care system and health insurance.  I who am not accustomed to being around teenagers, and I who have been on the same health-care plan and used the same health-care provider for 40 years and know nothing about any others.  My karma was clearly a result of asking two women (the two who roped me into these “opportunities”) to volunteer in the past.  What terrifies me is what lies ahead.  I worked with two parent committees, with at least 30 members between them, for three to four years .  And together they put in hundreds of hours of volunteer work.  Right now all 30 of them could be dreaming up new “opportunities” for me.  I think I might scream!  Oh well, if I do I’ll fit right in with the kids the next time someone asks me to ride a school bus.

About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness. Also, I'm on the third draft of my second novel since retirement.
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2 Responses to Payback time

  1. Dick Clark says:

    hurrah for the links

  2. Jill Turnell says:

    There is a word you might need to add to your vocabulary – “no”. Not every time of course, but I certainly hope you don’t feel you need to pay back all of those volunteers for all of their hours – You’ll never do it!!!

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