Saturday, May 15, 2004

My Dilemma

I received a phone call (out of the blue!!) from my old boss's wife. Prior to working at the restaurant, I worked in a liquor store and for a local heating/air-conditioning/refrigeration guy. I was a general secretary for him. My job included: answering the phone; ordering and running parts to job site; writing proposals, letters, etc.; writing bills; light filing; scheduling; light sales; taking his bullshi*. In short, although I wasn't the office manager, I ran the office. (The office manager, Diane, is still there. She is only the office manager in the sense that she was there longer than me and did the bookkeeping. She only worked twice a week.) I worked Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and pretty much made my own hours. He needed me in by 9am and I could work a full day, if it was busy enough, or I could work til 1pm.

My dilemma is this: I left on bad terms. He was mouthing off (he has a TERRIBLE temper) one day and my family was going thru a tumultuous time then (Boo was being committed to a long-term mental facility) so I was not in the mood for his crap. I told him to knock it off or I was outta there. He told me that I could go because I wasn't doing my job properly. I promptly got up, put my office keys on the desk and walked out. Never spoke to him again. Never saw him again. His office is 4 blocks from my house and I never see him! But I saw him Wednesday night. I honked my horn, smiled and waved. ( I don't hold grudges.) This morning his wife (who is a doll) called and asked if I would consider coming back to work for him at the rate of $12 an hour. She said that he didn't know she was calling but I think he asked her to call....

What to do, what to do...I love my job at the restaurant but I'm not making enough money. I used to love my job when I was working for the HVAC guy but I'm not sure I should suck it up (so to speak) and go back.

Any opinions? I'd love to hear them....

3 comments:

janothy said...

Hello!!  I don't know what to say.  I think you should follow your heart.  If you all need the extra money your former job will give, then I say go for it.   Hope all works out for you.  I'll keep you in my thoughts!   -Jan

tmmiles4 said...

oh girl.......I know you....don't feel like you have to go back just because she asked.....if he was a MAN he'd call himself and apologize and admit he was wrong and you two could lay down some ground rules.   I remember what you were like...(read STRESSED)...when you worked for this "man".......is the money worth it????

sxysweetart said...

On one hand, making more money is a big plus.  But would you be happy there.  Gotta work where you like it, otherwise is such a chore to go to work everyday,  I know!  Follow your heart, and you'll get the right answer.  Good luck!  ~lila~