My crossing guard boss is the assistant principal at the school. She's new this year, and I've only ever met her once. It was early in the school year, and I got an e-mail from her.
"We need to get together next week to go over your goals. What times do you have available?"
I cheerfully replied, "My afternoons are free, let me know what works best for you."
She responded flatly, "Let's meet Friday morning at 8:30."
Now, I was fully aware that this was just something she needed to cross off her to-do list. My goals as a crossing guard, although they take up two pages of text, boil down to, "No one dies or gets maimed in or near the crosswalk during my watch".
So I arranged to be available to meet with her NOT in the afternoon. If nothing else, it would be nice to meet the new assistant principal. I guess that feeling was not mutual.
I arrived promptly and was told I would need to wait. So I sat in a chair in the office - not the one where the misbehaving kids sit, but the one where the kids who have vomitted and need to go home sit.
Eventually, she showed up. I rose, said smilingly, "Hi Jen, nice to meet you!".
"Hi. Come on back", she said without breaking stride towards her office.
I don't remember much of what else transpired. There was some clicking of a mouse on her part, some printing of documentation. I was free to go. I left with the feeling that she didn't like me, yet she had never met me. Did I have some reputation that peceded me?
I mentioned this meeting to a couple of friends who still volunteer at the school, and they assured me, that it wasn't me, it was her. "She's always like that".
"OH, good! I mean... Really?"
A few days ago, I received a summons for jury duty. Oh joy. I went to the school staff website and did what I needed to do for jury duty absence. Still, I thought I should touch base with Jen, to make sure someone covered for me at the crosswalk. I didn't expect to get any reply. Most likely, June will cover for me, and one of the substitute crossing guards at the school will cover for June.
Since I see June each day, except when she goes on vacation without telling me and causes me to lose sleep over her "disappearance", I would just confirm it all with her.
Lo and behold, the very next morning, I had a reply from Jen. Not only did she acknowledge me with a "thank you", but she also included a "so much!" for letting her know.
I'm wondering, maybe she's just one of those people that is better at communicating via written word rather than in person. Which do you prefer? Face-to-face or text/e-mail?
Or maybe there's just something suspicious afoot.