Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve used Tumblr. But here I am and as the final days of summer are coming to an end, I guess I wanted to write a bit and reflect back on the few months I’ve spent back home. Summer has been one hell of a rollercoaster. While there were days that were incredibly slow, that dragged on forever, there were others that passed by so quickly that I didn’t get the chance to catch my breath.
I can’t say that my summer was better than anyone else’s because let’s be real, it’s far from it. I didn’t get the opportunity to travel someplace new, I didn’t get a vacation, I didn’t get to see any more of the world than I had already seen previously. Yeah, I guess I can say that overall my summer kinda sucked and was nothing out of the ordinary but personally, I feel like I’ve truly grown and learned a lot this summer.
Although I was closing until 11:30 pm last night, yesterday has got to be the best day of work so far. I was put in the fitting room as always and I was helping out this one customer. The woman wanted some advice on what to wear to work and what not. Long story short, she was really appreciative and grateful for the help and attention I gave her.
After she leaves the fitting room, she later comes back with her items bought and with a pen and paper in her hands. Written on it is my manager’s name and she came in to ask for my name. I was scared and confused because I thought I was getting in trouble since she wanted my name. When I asked her “what for?”, she told me this: “I just wanted your name so that I could call your manager and tell her about the awesome customer service I was given.”
Literally the most satisfying and rewarding feeling I’ve ever gotten since working here at Forever 21. I complain all the time about how I have to deal with a lot of snobby, spoiled bitches and their stuck-up moms that really irk and test my patience, those that leave messes in the fitting room as if I’m their maid, those that try on a shit ton of clothes that they’re, of course, not gonna buy, and those that are straight-up disrespectful, rude, and sassy af. For three weeks now, I’ve dealt with so many customers, some that are signicantly more pleasant than others. But this one, this one woman made all the difference.
She was so kind to me and when she told me that, in that spec of a moment, she made this job seem worth it, despite how shitty it is working here. It just made up for everything. I felt like I was doing my job right, like I made an impact on her, however small that impact may have been, that at least one customer appreciates my service and all the effort that I put into this job. I’m so used to feeling like shit everyday, so used to soaking up all this bullshit because so many shoppers don’t have any respect for the sales associates here whatsoever. But for the first time, I felt appreciated and noticed. I didn’t even give her any special treatment, I helped her as if I would have helped any other customer. Just me doing my job meant a lot to her and it’s truly good to know that I’d made a bit of a difference to her. As well as she to me. :)
T’was a very good day. … That aaaannnnndddddd I got my first paycheck LOL, hallelujah, praise the lord, sweet baby jesus, raise the roof, swiggity swag, what’s in the bag, stay fierce, stay fresh, blessed my nigguh, don’t stressed my nigguh, have mercy. … k bye.
K: Are you taking pictures of me while I sleep?
E: Mhhm, yessir I am.
K: …Alright. -smiles-
I don’t even blog anymore but when I do, it’s 99% of the time about Kyle, el oh el. So yay more terrible posts about ze boothang. I think he’s pretty much accepted or at least gotten used to the fact that I enjoy taking tons of pictures of him.
Only because he’s so pretty.
So, I just got hired at Forever 21 and I have orientation tomorrow, going over store policies and rules, learning the types of expectations and responsibilities that I’ll have as a worker there, etc. And well, yeah I’m nervous.
I basically was in desperate need a job this summer. I’ve practically been home everyday since my first year of college ended and have had so much free time. I’ve never had a job before and I needed to start somewhere. I needed the work experience, I needed to save up money to help pay for college. Forever 21 is the first place I’ve ever applied to, and it’s the first one to offer me a job, so of course, I took it.
I’m anxious because I’ve been reading so many reviews online and hearing other people’s experiences working at Forever 21 and just based off of the many that I’ve read, it sounds like a tough and demanding job. I’ve read ones that have said that the managers are terrible to their employees, that overtime hours are sometimes as ridiculous as staying until 3 am in the morning, that all there is to the job is the constant folding and reorganizing of clothes. To be honest, retail in Forever 21 sounds like scary shit.
Although I’m excited to be working for the first time, I’m scared of what I might be getting myself into.
Three Days Of Kyle.
You once told me that if you could have any superpower in the entire world, you’d wish to have the ability to manipulate time, to freeze it at any given moment along with those whom you wished to share it with.
Three days. I had the greatest opportunity to spend three days with you and although I am grateful for every bit and minute of your stay here in San Leandro, there’s honestly nothing I want more than to have more time to spend with you. How I wish I could stop the clocks to cradle against your chest again, to hear you snore sound asleep in my ears, to be able to wake up and see your face just inches from mine.
I never thought I’d ever get the chance to introduce to San Leandro, to my hometown, my life. I’m so glad I got to share this part of me with you. Everyday, we’re breaking more and more boundaries, learning things about each other and more importantly, learning things from each other. You don’t know it yet but you’ve already left a fingerprint in my life and this mark is only going to grow bigger and bigger.
I hope you enjoyed your visit here as much as I enjoyed your presence. I wish someday that I’ll get the chance to visit your hometown in Socal, to take a step into your life, your world. Until then, I’ll be counting the days until you come back for another visit. See you soon, Kyle.