My very first job was with a florist when I was 14 years old. I loved it. I kept that job through college. I started out cleaning the corporate offices and worked my way up to sales during their holiday open houses and summer sales. I learned a lot during my time there. I grew up a lot during my time there, too. In my living room is a Pothos I’ve had since 1983. My boss gave it to me. My family and friends affectionately call it Killer because it has grown so large that its vines have at times been 10-13 feet long. We have pictures of our cat hiding amongst the vines, and she’s barely visible! My first job was a good fit and I remember my time there fondly.
My youngest niece began her very first job on Wednesday. She’s working as a sales associate for a clothing store, and she’s very excited about her new job, about her new responsibilities, and about her newly acquired “earning power”. I can’t wait to hear about receiving her first paycheck. Granted, going to school and working part time does not allow you to earn a fat paycheck, but that never seems to matter with a first job. It’s more about the fact you’re now earning your own money and gaining more independence than you’ve ever had before. It also goes a long way in proving you’re growing up.
It’s that last point that makes me a little sad. My nieces and I have always had good relationships, and I’ve enjoyed watching them grow and mature and become their own persons. However, a job means crossing the threshold from childhood to adulthood, and that means changes that become permanent.
I’m not really ready to let go of the giggles, the daydreams, and the silly girl talk. While at the same time, I’m excited for her to be at the beginning of such a fantastic journey to figuring out who she is and what she wants to be. Plus, I figure no matter how old she gets, I’ll always see the little girl who loved to play in the snow with her aunt until her fingers and toes were blue!
What about you? Remember your first job?
Until next time…may the sunshine of spring warm you and bring a smile to your lips.