Then it stopped.
But we still had parties. Birthday cakes. Baby showers. Moving upward and onward celebrations.
Then eventually, layoff sendoffs.
"Sorry about your job. Here's some cake. In a room full of decorations you'll recognize from every other event we've ever had in here. We bought you a card at the Dollar General. And we all contributed a couple bucks to stuff in there. You know, since we all still get paychecks."
That dwindled too. There aren't enough Friday afternoons in the year for everyone to get their own layoff sendoff.
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And today there is a breakfast. A potluck breakfast.
There is lots of potluck stuff in social work. And man alive, people can cook.
Sometimes we eat to cope.
Sometimes we cook to eat.
Sometimes we cope alot.
Years ago there was a lady who worked with us who was an AMAZING cook. Anything that came out of her kitchen would be gone in three minutes. She owned a catering business, ran it out of her house. AMAZING. Cakes pies casseroles side dishes cookies main dishes candies. You couldn't go wrong.
Then one day a grant came out from the City. Something about home repairs for Philadelphia home owners who's homes were in serious disrepair. It was along side the time when they were demolishing abandoned and dilapidated homes. I guess it was cheaper to fix some of them than it was to buy them to knock them down.
I love that you can raise a house, and also raze a house. English is fun.
This woman applied for the grant. And turned in her grant application to the office, as it had a better chance of getting in the right hands that way. And the application wasn't in an envelope.
And the application clearly stated that her house was next to an abandoned house. And there were holes in her house that opened up into the abandoned house. And rats and mice and roaches and centipedes poured into her house from the broken house. And her son could climb in the holes and into the abandoned house. Where there were rats and mice and roaches and centipedes. And squatters.
And that pretty much put an end to me eating at potlucks.
I gave our secretary $10 and took the morning off.
I hope everyone at the office is enjoying their breakfast.