Saturday, September 6, 2008

Once Upon a Time

Many, many years ago, there was a young mother, we'll call her Mommy's Nintendo (MN), who worked every weekday from 8 to 5 as an admin or something similar. MN made quite a name for herself all the places she worked because she seemed to be the only person in the office who could really use Microsoft Office. It wasn't just Word; MN knew the whole suite, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, all of it. And people were amazed by little things like the fact that MN knew how to turn off the office assistant (although, honestly, the cute little paperclip taught MN a lot of what she knew about MS Office, including how to get rid of him) and that MN could make their spreadsheets do fabulously complicated calculations with just a few clicks or keystrokes. MN knew other things too, like what to do when your keyboard stopped typing or the little orange light on the front of your printer started blinking. As a result, MN earned a reputation as a "tech person," which frankly made MN laugh (and almost got her in trouble once when she was placed in a temp job that required her to know how to do server stuff based on that reputation - she figured it out).

Then MN tricked talked her husband into letting her be a stay-at-home-mom and for years her "tech" skills were shelved.

But not anymore, MN, the go-to person for spreadsheets and formatting, the locator of lost emails, the queen of duplexing is back! Although now she is not being paid, unfortunately... MN is surrounded by people who need her help, people who say, "I can't do that," when MN knows better than anyone that yes they could if they looked it up. But she's not telling them that. Oh no. Seriously. Would you?

And MN is content. Because she is needed. And revered...

5 comments:

the Grandpa said...

Nice little story, MN.

Princess Sparkle Pants said...

I seriously thought this story's ending was going to have you going back to Big Office Land.

Mommy's Nintendo said...

I suppose the story may not be ended yet...

Princess Sparkle Pants said...

How would you feel about that? When Husband was the stay-at-home-parent (mostly), I was very, very, very jealous.

Dana said...

I didn't know HG was ever a stay-at-home! Awesome!

I understand how important it is to be needed and revered... Glad you're getting some! (And I don't mean it that way... Sheesh! ;) )

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