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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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The young woman insists she doesn’t need to look it up because it’s FINE to spell it with a P because that’s HOW SHE WANTED TO SPELL IT.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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The boss says, “Let’s look over the rest of the piece so I can explain the rest of my edits.” They do, and I can see the young woman is fighting back tears. The boss is calm, cool, and handles this with professionalism and empathy.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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Boss says, “I know edits can be difficult to go over sometimes, especially when you’re working on new kinds of things as you grow in your career, but it’s a necessary process and makes us all better at what we do.”
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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Boss gets up from table and goes to her office and the young woman can barely hold it together. She moves to another table in the common workspace area, drops all her stuff loudly on the table top, and starts texting. A minute later, her phone rings.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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It was her mom. She had texted her mom to call her because it was urgent, and I’m sure her mother maybe thought she was in the ER or something. She then ... PUTS HER MOM ON SPEAKERPHONE. IN THE WORKPLACE.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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She bursts into tears and wants her mom to call her boss and tell her not to be mean about telling her how to spell words like “hamster”.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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The mother tells her that her boss is an idiot and she doesn’t have to listen to her and she should go to the boss’ boss to file a complaint about not allowing creativity in her writing.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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The young woman kept saying, “I thought what I wrote was perfect and she just made all these changes and then had the nerve to tell me I was spelling words wrong when I know they are right because that is how I have always spelled them.”
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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She then went on (still on speakerphone) to tell her mom I’m very great and office-inappropriate detail about how hungover she was and what she and her friends did with some guys the night before. Mom laughed and laughed.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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The colleagues in and around the workplace kept looking at one another and some even put earbuds/headphones in/on. It appeared as though this was a regular thing with her.
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Carol Blymire
She ended the conversation asking her mom how she should bring this up with the boss’ boss. “I mean, I always spell hamster with a P, she has no right to criticize me.” She walked to the office kitchen for the rest of the call so I don’t know what happened next.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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I don’t know what to think about this whole thing. If the young woman is neuroatypical, it seems as though the editing process might be something to approach in a different way.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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But I don’t know what her situation is/was. Based on the way her mom spoke to her and they way they spoke to one another, it seemed as though his young woman had never been told she was anything but perfect by family.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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And that kind of child rearing is quite difficult on people when they grow up, and frustrating for professors, teachers, bosses, and colleagues of people who were raised that way.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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I don’t have any great summary or call to action on this, other than to say it was odd to witness and made me feel sad (I don’t know if that’s the right word) for this person as she loves through life.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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Getting edits and corrections on things at any stage in your career can make you feel insecure and dumb, no matter how long you’ve been writing.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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Her boss seemed as dumbfounded through the conversation as I was in overhearing it.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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I think I was most perplexed by the insistence of wanting to spell something the way she wanted to because SHE WANTED TO, ignoring the fact that there are rules and dictionaries. And seeming offended that anyone would suggest the use of an outside resource as reference.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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This happened earlier in the week and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.
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Carol Blymire Jul 12
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Again, if there is some sort of learning challenge or if this is someone who requires a different kind of coaching, that’s one thing. And I hope she gets it.
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