I’ve been on the lookout for unexpected since I saw the Weekly Photo Challenge over at the Daily Post. But when you are looking for the unexpected, somehow it just doesn’t show up.
With a day off from work today, I decided it was time to tackle that pile of odds and ends that ended up in an unused room because of some work we had done on the house…and we have some new urgency to get it dealt with since we are doing some more work on the house. This is the pile that ends up in a cupboard somewhere because you can’t quite part with it, but you really don’t know what to do with it either.
Anyway, I picked up a green bound book that I thought was an old address book (back before we kept our contacts on our phones or computers). When I flipped it open I discovered it was an old photo album. Most of the pictures were of my husband when he was a baby with a few other odds and ends tucked into the pages. And then what I thought was a postcard fell out.
It was that perfect postcard size that is so often used for advertising. It had that “old school” look that modern apps work so hard to achieve. But upon closer examination I discovered it was a picture of me!
This is a picture of the photograph taken with my iPhone, so you lose the actual size and some of the background off to the sides.
This unexpected photo brings back so many memories…most of them good ones. I worked for McDonalds for more than 12 years before I went into teaching. I learned so many skills and practices through my management experiences that have helped me as an educator.
It’s kind of scary to read those menu board prices (hamburgers 39 cents!) and realize that I was quite competent at calibrating that soda machine behind the counter (back in the day before serve yourself soda machines). I inventoried and ordered all the raw product, scheduled employees for their shifts, kept ledgers of all the sales, hired, fired and trained employees (mostly teenagers a few years younger than I was), and so much more…
While it wasn’t rocket science or engineering, I did lots of systems thinking in my work at McDonalds. There were many interconnecting components to consider each and every day…and sometimes I had to suffer the consequences when the decision I made didn’t have the intended result.
I like the way the unexpected spurs thinking. This old photo has me thinking about so many things…my McDonald’s experiences, the changes in photography, wondering what happened to my old friend I used to work with and haven’t seen in years, and even the changes in fast food and the restaurant business.
My youngest son and his wife are coming home tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving with us. I think I’ll leave the photo out for him to see…
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