Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Important Things in Life (well, at work anyway)

Every Tuesday at work we have "small" team meetings. My program is a part of a larger division, but on Tuesdays it is just the five of us in FBI that meet. Today, we got a little bit accomplished. But than we laughed. A lot. I can't really remember what all we laughed at. But it made me think that I am truly blessed to work with a team of people that I respect and get along with so well. One of our team is leaving at the end of March. So, we were discussing the person who would replace him. Faye, our supervisor, had said that she has received one internal application. We asked if we could guess who it was and she didn't say no. We finally gave up and asked if she would just tell us. But than Jill piped in and stated that maybe we needed to play 2o questions. She was just joking and started throwing out questions, which Faye than started answering. We eventually guessed.

But than we started discussing the important things Faye should be asking applicants. Like, does the person bake? Is the person willing to do crafty things like go to Fired Up? Are they willing to take joking and sarcasm about their height, age, gender, marital status, etc? Oh, and maybe they should be a good therapist, too. :) Like I said, it's the important things in life that we are concerned about!

And all of this made me think of the advertisement for a nanny from Mary Poppins:
Jane: [reading advertisement for a new nanny] "Wanted: a nanny for two adorable children."
George Banks: Adorable. Well that's debatable, I must say.
Jane: If you want this choice position, have a cheery disposition...
George Banks: Jane, I don't...
Jane: ...Rosy cheeks, no warts...
Michael: That's the part I put in!
Jane: Play games, all sorts. You must be kind, you must be witty, very sweet, and fairly pretty...
George Banks: Well of all the ridiculous...!
Mrs. Banks: George, please!
Jane: Take us on outings, give us treats, sing songs, bring sweets. Never be cross or cruel. Never give us castor oil or gruel. Love us as a son and daughter, and never smell of barley water.
Michael: I put that in, too!
Jane: If you won't scold and dominate us, we will never give you cause to hate us. We won't hide your spectacles so you can't see, put toads in your bed, or pepper in your tea. Hurry, Nanny! Many thanks! Sincerely-...
Jane, Michael: Jane and Michael Banks!

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