In my job, I am a bit of a “jack of all trades.” My official title is External Affairs Manager, but that doesn’t really tell you anything. I wear a bunch of different hats. Depending on the day and needs, I may be a:
- Public Speaker
- News media contact
- Foundation director
- Customer service coordinator
- Tour guide
And on and on.
It’s probably for the best. I’m really not that good at any of those jobs, but I am “OK” at all of them.
Yesterday, I had a new role laid into my lap – baby sitter.
On the first day back from our holiday break, I was approached by one of our scientists. She was hosting a married-couple pair of visiting scientists, both of whom were going to present one-hour seminars to our science team that day. One was in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The problem was that they also had an 11-month old baby who needed a “sitter” while the parents were occupied. She had approached our administrative assistant, who has no children and is not very comfortable with them. Lila told her to go find me.
As you can tell from her expression, Clara was not overjoyed at spending an hour or so in a strange place with a guy she never met before, but she got over it. She was a little cranky during the morning session, but it never got out of hand. When her mom brought her back for the afternoon session, she was sound asleep. She stayed that way until her parents came back to get her – thus proving once again Poolman’s First Law of Childrearing.
“Sleeping babies are always cute.”
The downside is that I’ve had people in and out of my office all day today asking about my hourly rates for baby sitting.
Very funny. No thanks. I have enough to do.