Have you ever felt invisible? Whilst sitting on the deck in the morning sun catching up on my reading of Wuthering Heights, I received a phone call from TD's school informing me that TD No. 2 wasn't feeling well - could I go and pick her up? I got straight in the car and drove up to the school.
As I walked to the counter, a tall woman was standing in the office with her back to me, however she turned and clearly saw me standing at the counter but proceeded to ignore me. She walked over to a desk, which I couldn't see, but at which I could hear another woman talking on the phone. The tall woman stood at the desk, looked over at me once again AND IGNORED ME!!! The woman on the phone finished the conversation and hung up, at which time the tall woman started loudly pondering the illnesses currently doing the rounds in Brisbane, whilst STILL IGNORING ME.
Finally, absolutely exasperated by this blatant show of indifference, I searched the counter for a bell, which I found and proceeded to ring, whilst calling out sarcastically "Hello? Hello?". Once again, she looked at me AND IGNORED ME. The woman behind the desk, however, quickly jumped up to serve me. By this stage, I was shaking with rage and felt like asking if I was invisible. In the mean time, the tall woman walked away and it was all I could do not to ask who the hell she was. I have a habit of becoming so angry I get upset so I asked for my daughter and as we walked out, asked her who the tall woman was. "Oh, she's a teacher" she replied. "Well, she totally ignored me when I was standing at the counter", I told her. "Oh, she doesn't work in the office", was my daughter's response. And I'm sure this "teacher" felt the same way - maybe it was a little bit beneath her to attend to the counter. A simple "Hello, someone will be with you in a moment" would've sufficed.
I've worked as a secretary/receptionist for the last 20 odd years and when I get my degree and become a teacher, librarian, administration assistant or whatever the hell it is I'm going to be doing, I still wouldn't dream of treating a customer in this way. Not only that, this is a school. I could've been a prospective parent enquiring about the school, in which case I would've turned on my heels and walked straight back out the door.
It doesn't matter if you're a teacher, a lawyer, or a doctor, is it really beneath some professions to show some respect and acknowledge another human being? Glad I got that off my chest!
I've done it!!!
Well, I've finally done it!! Got accepted into Uni AND created a blog!!! After searching for insightful websites to help me tackle my journey into academia at my ripe old age and coming up with nil, I decided to start one of my own. I hope this blog will encourage anyone who has ever doubted their own abilities, to put one foot in front of the other and achieve their ambitions, desires, dreams...no matter what they are. If anyone has any inspiring stories to share, I would love to hear them. I love an inspiring story!!!