I was preparing for a community outreach event for my work and had compiled a stack of materials to distribute. Some of the other departments have fancy rolling carts or plastic boxes but since our department only participates in these types of events four times a year, I put everything in a cardboard moving box.
As I waited for the elevator while holding my cardboard box, the manager of HR walked up and asked if I was leaving.
‘Yup, I’m out of here!’ I said with a smile.
She put her hand on my arm and said, ‘Is there something I can do? Did something happen?’
Then it hit me. She thought I was quitting.
‘Oh, no. This is for an outreach tomorrow.’ I said laughing.
‘Oh my God. Don’t ever scare me like that again.’ She said placing her hand to her chest.
As I caught the elevator down, I couldn’t help but smile. In these uncertain times, I’ll sleep well tonight. It’s good to feel valued.