Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would lose
my job at JC. Pen company. I started at the small factory back
when I was in my senior year in high school as a co-op student.
Over the years I have seen many of my fellow co workers come
and go, I have even watched many start their own families while
I remained single and living as a bachelor of my own domain.
That all change one night when I went out for a few drinks with
a few friends from work. That's when I met the love of my life.
Her name is Lisa, and boy it sure was love at first sight.
There was something about Lisa that told this was the girl I
was met to spend the rest of life with, we dated for over a
year and I was getting close to popping the question to her
Lisa and I where sitting in our living room watching our TV
show, who can cook better. I don't what it is about that show
but it makes Lisa and I crack up laughing all the time with out
fail. Even on our worst days we can always count on who can
cook better to make our day a lot better.
Lisa had turned in for the night which gave me some time to
think about how I was going to ask her to marry me. I know the
guy is suppose to ask the father of the bride for his daughter
hand in marriage. Since her father pass away before I had the
chance to ask him. My plan was to take Lisa out for a romantic
dinner and have the waiter bring the ring out with the desert,
but then again last time I tried that, Lisa ended up choking on
her promise ring that I bought her few months back.
I scraped my idea and just settled with dropping down on one
knee and asking her to marry me right in front of the entire
restaurant. After i was satisfied with my plan, i turn off all
the lights and the TV, and headed up stair's and crawled in to
bed with Lisa. For some reason she always knows when I'm in bed
because she rolls over and wraps her freezing cold arm around
me I guess I'm a human heater according to her.
I tossed and turned for 5 minutes or so, then fell right to
sleep. Lisa was first to hear the alarm going off. Lisa let me
sleep in for few minutes before coming to wake me up to drive
her to work. It was a good thing that I was off this weekend
which gave me more then enough time to make reservations at for
points stake house.
Just as Lisa and I were heading out the door, the phone rang,
it was work. Interestingly enough my boss wanted me to come in
for a little bit to talk with me about something. Strangely
enough my boss never calls anyone in when they want to talk you
they normally wait till your scheduled shift. When I finally got
off the phone, I just sat in the drivers seat looking out the
window, thinking what in the hell is going on at work that my
boss wants me to come in and have a talk with me.
“, babe is everything alright, asked Lisa.”
“, my boss wants me come in and have a talk with me about
something, I replied.”
“, what about babe.”
“, I'm not sure, I didn't do anything wrong and I have been on
time every day this month.”
“, well honey, keep me posted, I want to know what your boss
tells you, Lisa said.”
“, I will sweetie, I replied.”
I waited till Lisa was safely inside the building before
pulling away. I had a few things to do before heading in to
work to see my boss. I went to the store and bought Lisa her
coffee creamer and a few other lady products that she had run
out of. I headed in to work, and went right to his office and
knocked on his door. From the other side of door a loud booming
voice said, come in.
“, Sir you wanted to talk to me about something, I said.”
“, Oh Paul come in, please have a seat, my boss said.”
“, sir did I do something wrong, am I in trouble, I asked.”
“, Paul the reason why I wanted to call you is because we are
making some change's at supervisor and I would like you to
take over for Justin.”
“, wow, I really don't know what to say. I mean I need to go
home and talk to Lisa about this, I said.”
“, of course take all the time you need, I will need to know
your answer by the end of the month, said my boss.”
“, will do sir, thank you so much for letting me have this time
to think and talk it over with Lisa.”
As I walked through the factory I could see Justin in his
office just staring off in to space, like he lost someone that
he was vary close to him. Even through I know that Justin was
losing his job, just so I could have his job. I mean it does
suck that Justin was losing his job and everything, but in a
month or so I was going to take the supervisor's chair away
from one of the more respected supervisors this company has
I stopped by Justin's office to find out when my next shift
was going to be. Justin handed me my shifts on a slip of paper,
I was about to leave when Justin asked me if i had heard the
news about him losing his job.
“, I hadn't heard that news, wow that really sucks Justin, I
“, Glenn said, he wasn't sure who was going to be replacing me,
but who ever it is will have some big shoes to fill, Justin
“, I bet he or she would have big shoes to fill, how have the
other guys taken the news, I asked.”
“, think they were in shock but it didn't really surprise them
that I was losing my job. After all I'm part of the union guys
this company wants to get rid off.”
“, I'll get out of your hair Justin, and let you get back to
work, have a good day.”
Justin wasn't the only union guy that still had a job with Jc
Pen company, myself and several other of the guys in the plant
still had there jobs. One has to wander if our jobs are next
on the chopping block.
As I was walking back to my car, I started thinking about what
Justin said about how Glenn and the other higher ups were
seemingly going after all those who were in the union and who
were apart of the newly formed union. I sat in my car for a few
minutes thinking back to all of the guys who had lost their
jobs in the last few months or so, most of the guys who had
lost their jobs where supervisor's. Which made me wander if I
was the next target on the list should Jc. Pen company decided
to do another round of lay offs again.
When I got home I grabbed a quick shower, and change in to
something nice for our date. Tonight was the night I was
going to ask the girl of my dreams to marry me, and there was
no turning back.
While I was getting change and getting myself all cleaned up
for Lisa, I received texted from Lisa saying that she was
getting off early from work. Now how was I going to pick up the
ring with out Lisa finding out my plan.
I sent Lisa a text message saying that I was going to be late
picking her up from work. The hard part of this was now I was
under pressure because I wasn't expecting Lisa to be off this
early in the day, I ran down the stairs and out the door
and jumped in to my car, I took off to the jewellers to pick
up Lisa's engagement ring.
I had thousands of thought's running through my mind as I
walked in to the jewellers, along with a hundreds of questions
that I had no real clear cut answer to like how was should I
ask her and how should I do it. I waited at the counter for
some one to help me out with Lisa's engagement ring. One of the
girls came walking out of the backroom over to where I was
standing and asked can I help you with something sir.
“, yes I'm here to pick up a ring for my girlfriend that I
ordered a few weeks ago.”
“, okay do you have the ticket number for your order, asked the girl.”
“, yes it's right here in my wallet hold on one second while I
get it out here for you, I replied.”
“, would your name be Paul by any chance, asked the girl.”
“, that would be my name, I said.”
“, Alright Paul I'll just polish up the ring and then you will
be on your way.”
I found it funny that the girl who was helping me out, never
asked me what the ring was for or she already figured it out. I
walked around looking at all of the other rings that were on
display. I was surprised to find that some of the rings were
with in my price range and others well not so much.
“, OK Paul here is your engagement ring, so when are you going
to pop the question.”
“, I'm going to be popping the question tonight while we are at
dinner tonight, I said.”
“, how romantic, so how long have you guys been together,”
“, its been 7 years today actually so I thought it was time
to pop the the question finally.”
“, aww how romantic are you, well I wish you all the best,
“, thank you, for all your help Miss, I replied.”
With the ring in my pocket, I headed over to pick up Lisa from
work. We still had over and hour in change before our 7 o'clock
reservation for dinner at the Clear Creek steak house. This was
where Lisa and I had our vary first date and also our first
kiss. Okay I admit it was only on the check but still it was
our first kiss.
I pulled up to the first red light, and pulled out the ring
that Lisa had gotten from her grandmother after she had died
four months earlier. The ring it self was pure white gold with
a spot for a diamond or another kind of rock that would make
any girls heart skip a beat. I knew how much this ring met to
Lisa. More importantly Lisa really wanted her grandmother to
be apart of her wedding some how.
The ring looked exactly like the ring in the picture. Lisa had
showed me this picture a month ago, and you couldn't tell that
the ring had ever lost it's diamond. The good news is that I
was able to find a diamond that was close to the original
diamond that sat in the centre of her grandmother's ring.