I Could Do That!

She stands as the exit gatekeeper.

Smiling as each cart approaches.

All know the drill

She reaches out her hand and the person steering the cart hands her their papers.

Slowly she reads each name listed on the tail-length report.

Then her eyes glance to find the matching reality in the cart.

She glances back and forth, back and forth.

The cart owner, shifting his weight back and forth.

As another parks at their bumper and then another and the line grows.

Finally with pen in hand, the gatekeeper abruptly draws a line down the long tail

and returns it to the cart owner with a smile and the words, “Have a nice day”

The cart is allowed to move again and exit the cavernois warehouse.

“I could do her job,” I think to myself as I wait, 4th in line, for my turn to exit BJs.

Maybe because I am still tired from an exhausting school year, but lately I’ve been noticing non-educational jobs, like the exit cashier at BJs. I find it appealing becuase it is a job where I could feel powerful and a job where those I would interact with would feel grateful for my efficiency.

What job do you dream about doing?

15 thoughts on “I Could Do That!

    • kimhaynesjohnson says:

      Yes! Yes! The job I dream about is a job a friend created. She was tired of teaching, so she got in touch with her inner self and took early retirement. She went to school to become a naturalist and now, in her resort setting, is getting ready to lead day camps for children visiting her resort setting, taking them for four hours a day into the marshes and waterways and forest preserves to show them about nature. She limits her groups to 8 and pairs with a friend for another 8, for a total of 16 children. She will work mornings (if you can call what you love work) and will be done with her day by 1:00 each day. She followed her dream. I want to follow her in that same dream.

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  1. mbhmaine says:

    I am often tantalized by the thought of a job that begins and ends at the job location. Sounds like this one fits the bill! I suspect, however, that you would quickly miss the mental stimulation of your own fulfilling, though oh-my-yes exhausting, job. I hope you find some magic summer elixir to feel refreshed before launching into this coming school year. It is coming quickly, isn’t it?


    • sallydonnelly11 says:

      I still have until August 16th and am relaxing so that summer elixir I feel will work its magic. I’m not quite ready to give up the mental stimulation and time with kids just yet. Thanks for your response and spot on words!

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  2. Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski says:

    Ah, I thought I was the only one who did this! I love your appraisal of the BJ’s exit cashier and the power that she holds! That seems to be a job without pressure or stress. My dream job is to be a children’s librarian- not in a school but in a town. I would love to be surrounded by books and just get to read to kids without all the other demands of teaching.


  3. Glenda Funk says:

    Costco has the cart checker, too. I often tell the person my bags are boring and I’m low risk because I don’t work there. They and I know most shrinkage comes from store employees. I do t like having my bags checked at the door. It feels intrusive to me.


  4. Fran McCrackin says:

    Ha ha, your post sure got a reaction from teacher-readers! I also love it. Seeing it spread in the page like a poem made me read slowly and envision each sentence. Then you shift to italics for the end- good move. Because you take your time to describe what you see, you really take us into that job. And I do love the end reflection about being powerful and appreciated! I think tired teachers find that funny but true.
    I am a bit concerned that I am hearing great teachers who still feel burnt out, and that summer has not given them the revitalization it has in the past. I dk how much truth there is in your desire for a change. If so, I hope you do like the naturalist mentioned and find a new way to use your passion and skill. Sorry, BJ’s, No Sally for you!

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  5. Rita K. says:

    Oh my gosh…what teacher or mom, for that matter, hasn’t imagined a simple service job like this? You’re imagination was certainly working when you decided to create this poem. Cute and clever. It made me smile!


  6. Fran Haley says:

    Sally, I’ve been noticing other jobs as well, thinking “I could do that”! Like you, I was so tired by the end of the school year and I am still recouping…not to mention working while on break to prep for next year with a new principal and lots of staff turnover. By nature I remain hopeful, but between the ever-shifting tides of educational trends and the demands of all the stuff educators know too, too well…I have been contemplating early retirement. Dream job…it would definitely involve writing for me!


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