Monday, September 24, 2018

Ten minutes

It was noon. I was leaving the front desk of my library just as a friend I hadn't seen in awhile showed up. I didn't know where I was scheduled to go next, and as I chatted with this person I became increasingly nervous. Was there some co-worker waiting angrily for me to relieve them? Was some crucial bit of library business going untended in my absence? Was my precious stock of worker credibility plummeting away as I stood chatting? Finally I couldn't take it anymore. I begged off out of our friendly visit saying I had vital work to do. I dashed over to the schedule to check for my next assignment that I was ten minutes overdue on.

I was scheduled for... lunch.

I'll never get those ten minutes back again.

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