My Thanksgiving Madness
I did a crazy thing about a year ago. I got a second job. Don’t get me wrong, everything is cool here at Wendt, but there was something sort of missing from my work-social-family-balance-life. Empty nest syndrome had set in for me, my only child left for college, and we rarely saw her during the year. I was lonely, and the mother-daughter time that used to occupy my nights and weekends, was suddenly just lonely time. So I got a job at a department store at the mall.
I know what you’re thinking, how do you balance the somewhat stressful, frantic pace of media and agency work on top of hours working at a department store? It’s simple. It’s actually a place of refuge for me. No email, no deadlines, no spreadsheets, just wonderful new clothes, fashion, cosmetics and fragrances and of course: SHOES! It’s kind of like a little corner of retail heaven for those of us who have emotional issues with shopping. All the buried emotional stuff tied to shopping with my mother, my daughter, my sister, combined with my formative years growing up, hanging out, and working retail during my college years AT THE MALL. It’s all psychological and deeper than we really know.
So, I have my great career in media, balanced with a little piece of retail therapy for a few hours a week. They actually pay me to fold sweaters! I get to visit with sweet little ladies that remind me of my lovely mom, laugh with Canadian shop-a-holics, and hunt for bargains for bargain shoppers like me. It’s a perfect match. I like it.
While you’re counting your blessings on Thanksgiving, after consuming the 10,000 calorie bird-fest, I’ll be getting my tennis shoes ready, and prepping myself for the Black Friday-Thursday madness sale that starts on Thursday night. People groan when I tell them this, but I actually enjoy it. I sort of get a weird rush watching people spend hundreds of dollars on stuff. Better them than me I guess. So for me, I’m thankful that I’m working and staying out of the fray and madness. Enjoy your holiday, and go get a bargain or two.