[Note: There are no images on this post. That is because I Googled "Office Girl images" too close to Halloween, and now I need to get a double eyeball transplant to unsee what came up.]
Last night I had a dream that my supervisor from my last full time job (you know, the one I left almost 21 years ago after giving birth to my first child) called me up. "Where are you?" he asked, annoyed. "Why haven't you come back from maternity leave?"
So I said, "I'll be right there!" and hung up the phone. My job! Of course! I'd forgotten.
"Larry!" I said, grabbing my purse. "I have to go back to work. It's been 20 years. Can you bring Rachel to her tennis lesson? I'm late."
Larry was annoyed. "I can't," he said. "You're supposed to do it." (Side note here: this is not really like Larry - he's a nice guy who wouldn't try to stand in the way of his wife's career, even a career that has been on a 2-decade-long hiatus. Besides, he likes money.)
I called my supervisor back to tell him I'd be late. But a local NPR talk show host picked up the phone instead and wouldn't let me leave a message. He kept thinking I was trying to call in on his show. It was very frustrating. I mean, my first day back on the job! I didn't want to make a bad impression.
I gave up on the phone call and decided that, if I could only get out of this Home Depot elevator I seemed to be trapped in, I could still drive one state over to my old workplace and things would be all right.
Dreams are weird.
I woke up confused. My job! They want me back! But wait - I have to get all the kids to the dentist this morning. But what about my job? Maybe LARRY could take them to the dentist.
I don't know what to make of it. All day I haven't been able to shake the feeling that I am expected back at work. That I am playing hooky here at home...
Can I just blame the menopause for this?