Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Weekend of Looking Back

Irv and I were at the grocery store this morning and came around a corner....and holy cow! There was the owner of the company Irv worked for about six years ago! It was so nice to see him. Great guy. We talked for about a half hour.

Irv had worked at this guy's marketing company for about nine years. He was the Operations Manager. The company was booming. Always busy, always growing, great place to work, perfect hours, great pay, wonderful benefits, fun people......and then it happened. The slow down....and then the lays offs. They started slowly at first and then picked up speed.

They had about 165 employees back in the day....they now have 22. So sad.

Irv had a wonderful relationship with the owners and they told him they would give him plenty of notice if his job were in jeopardy.

This was the company Irv thought he would retire from. He loved working there. He did an awesome job for them. He saved them money on everything they did with their facilities. After they moved to a bigger location they gave our family of five a dream vacation to Florida as a bonus for all of his extra hours and help.

When the lay offs got to Irv's level, they held him on with part time hours and pay, but full time I said...they were good people. They gave him plenty of notice when the time came. It was so hard. Irv was 50 years old.

We had been keeping our eyes open for jobs, but there weren't many. He finally found one and it turned out to be hell on earth. He stayed a few years and then found the job he has now at a Catholic church and school. The pay is fine and the benefits are fine, but it isn't the amount of responsibility or the challenge that Irv loves. In this economy though and at our's where he will stay for now.

After the pre-reunion get together on Friday night, which I will talk about another day.....and seeing his old boss today....all I can say is that is enough "Blasts from the past" for me for a good long while! I am a "live for today" kind of girl and my head is spinning!


Tins and Treasures said...

Hi, Kathy,
Your yesterday sounded crazy...I hope today is a little more calm...
The weeks go by so fast, don't they?! ~Natalie

Lanyardlady said...

Wow, sounds like you really have had a blast from the past. I bet they would love to have Irv back if they could.

Sherry said...

I think it's always great to see someone from the past, but I to have learned to live in the moment.
It's the one thing we ever get back.


Sherry said...

and I meant ....never get back.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I totally agree with you. Looking forward, especially in these times, is the way to go.

Life Potentials Network said...

Sometimes looking back is a good way to see where we've come from and where we are now....and the lessons learned from the journey. But looking forward is often more hopeful! I guess this is why we are encouraged to "stay in the present moment" which is all we really have anyway! Here's to tomorrow! xo

Lanyardlady said...

Yippeee! I've given your blog a Premio Meme Blog Award!

aliceinparis said...

Ah, yep, best to look forward!
Nice to remember the past but you are right. Now is where it is at!

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