Monday, July 12, 2010

Will Work for Dignity

Today Michele and I went to a job fair at Inver Hills Community College. It was a small one hosted by Congressman John Kline, a Republican for whom I won't be voting this fall*. I appreciate that he put this fair together, but almost all of his political positions are completely opposite mine.

The fair, though, was like others I've attended in the past, but this time I had two perspectives--my own as a job seeker and also as an observer when I crossed paths with Michele. The reactions to me were mostly pity. Kind of a "You poor dear" look on the representative's face as she tried to find a kind way to tell me that my skill set has no value in this economy, and probably not in any. Michele got more positive responses. People talked to her for long minutes, with smiles on their faces and expressions that said, "Here's someone who hasn't wasted her time! This is a valuable human who will prove useful to society--unlike others we could mention!" Needless to say I wasn't terribly encouraged.

That's okay. All I have is time.

*This has nothing to do with the story. Go ahead and unread it if you'd like.


  1. I'll hire you. I don't have any money and nothing for you to do. But I'll hire you.

  2. Hey, thanks! I could answer your email for you or something.