Dear Randy and Evan,
I was running a few minutes behind today. I came in with my arms full, a coffee in one hand and a baby carrier in the other while one shoulder held a laptop bag and the other a diaper bag. I came in, sat down, and spent 30 minutes preparing for our meeting while nursing my baby. We then met, while my sweet one was passed around and made lots of baby noises. The numbers on my phone switched to 11:35 and I ran out the door, because my baby sitter was only available in the morning. Now, I’m sitting and typing you this letter and waiting for you guys to call me, while all three of my daughters nap, carrots roast in the oven, and my washing machine washes its third load of laundry.
This day sounds like madness.
It sounds a little chaotic.
But this has been my “normal” for the last eight months.
As I was driving home today, the words someone once spoke to me echoed in my memory: “You will never find a job that is as flexible as us and pays as well as we do.” Those words were spoken the day after I gave a two-week notice to a job. They did nothing but ignite something in me to prove them wrong, and while I haven’t lived my day-to-day life trying to do so, I always knew, in the back of my mind, that I would know when I found “it”.
“It”. The job that was flexible with me, that appreciated me, and allowed me to use my passions and abilities.
“It”. The job that would grow me as a person, that would challenge me and keep the wheels of my creative mind spinning.
I didn’t search for it. It came to me. Almost fell in my lap, like destiny.
This letter is more than just an open letter. This is a “Thank You” letter.
From the time I first interviewed with you and shared that I not only have two kids, I was pregnant with my third, you never doubted whether I could complete the tasks I would be handed. I told you I was due in six months. "That's right around the corner!" you said.
I told you that I only wanted to work part time, and I needed something flexible, as my days might look different each week. “We can be flexible,” you said.
I called a week after I was hired to let you know my grandpa had passed away. “Take as much time as you need, “you said.
A few weeks later I called and said that I couldn’t come in because I had to take my girls to the doctor. “We hope everything is alright!” you said.
My belly continued to grow. My schedule shifted every few weeks, and some days I couldn’t make it in at all. I still worked from home. I still gave 100% at everything I did. I made phone calls while I was grocery shopping and checked emails in the waiting room at the doctor’s office.
Kindness, patience, and gratitude were never lacking.
And so I say thank you.
Thank you for the kindness you’ve shown me and my family.
Thank you for the flowers you sent while I was in the hospital waiting for my third little love to be born.
Thank you for the cupcakes.
Thank you for the flexibility.
Thank you for allowing me to overtake your new office every time I come in, with baby gear and “Mom” coffee mugs.
Thank you for allowing me to bring in my newborn baby to work, so I can continue nursing her and not miss precious moments that go by so quickly.
Thank you for encouraging me.
Thank you for helping me leave work happy and excited about what is to come.
Thank you for helping me believe that I can be a part-time business woman and a full-time mama… and thank you for helping me achieve that.
Because of you both, I haven’t had to miss special memories with my family. I can still go to story time at the library. I can still wake my girls up in the morning and lay them down for their naps.
I can feel just as successful with my career as I do with being a mom.
We live in a time where parental involvement and the work force is changing. More and more companies are giving moms longer for maternity leave and are offering paternity leave as well. More and more companies are giving moms specially designed and equipped rooms to pump, or allowing their babies to come to work with them. And I want to thank you for being one of the progressive companies in that realm. Thank you for hiring moms with young kids. Thank you for treating us so well. Thank you for not making us feel small or incapable or nettlesome.
Thank you for all you do.
And for all the coffee.
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Kendra is an Executive Assistant at Ziyak. She loves to share her humor and share her passions with anyone who will take the time to read what she writes.