I had no sooner finished my last posting about how people (and businesses) are entirely too early with the whole Christmas shopping and commercialization thing than Bob came into my office.
“I just read your blog post” he said. “oh, great, I thought you never read my stuff.” I replied. “yeah well you think a lot of things, that doesn’t make ’em right y’know” he said in his famous sarcastic tone.
I thought for a moment and then calmly responded “Bob, I assume you have something to talk about? If not I’ve got work to do.” “yeah I do”, he began. “I get that you don’t think this Christmas thing should be happening this early and believe it or not I agree with you. But there’s one thing on that list I kinda need right now. The rest can wait ’til whenever.”
“Oh? what’s that?” I asked, thinking maybe I didn’t really want to know (what can I say? I know Bob too well). “It’s my girlfriend.” he started to say. I interrupted him “Bob, you know it doesn’t count when you have to pay her.” “very funny” he said, “I suppose you’ve got a million smartass comments but this is for real.” “Ok Bob, fine. she’s real, what do you need?”
“Well, she’s into this beadwork thing, actually does it for a living you see and I want to do something special for her. She only uses the very best swarovski crystal beads in her work and I want to get her a prime collection of them to show her that I actually take her work as seriously as she does.”
I thought about this for a bit. You see it’s not really like Bob to be so concerned about what somebody else thinks of him. He’s always been very much a loner and proud of it. So him wanting to go this far to impress somebody is real news.
I looked back at him and said, “Ok, so you want to do this for her to show you’re serious. That’s cool but how about we just consider this a loan and leave Christmas out of it for now?”
“You mean you’ll do it?” He asked, disbelief in his voice. “Yeah, but only because I’ve got your pay for the next year set aside. I’m gonna have to borrow out of that fund to do this so you can either pay me back or consider this an advance on your pay. I cannot afford to do it any other way. Interested?”
He said yes so fast I thought his head was going to spin. By now he’s busy picking out the selection that he’s going to give her.
Bob with a girlfriend. Who would have expected that?
This next year is going to be really interesting I can tell that for certain.
[tags]bob, girlfriend, gift, urgent, unexpected, surprise[/tags]