The economy is not good right now, so looking for work is hard anyway. In my case it is harder still. Potential employers are concerned about my skills because I have not been able to work for the last 6 years.
Late one afternoon I was asked by a recruitment agency to take some on-line tests to assess my accounting and Excel skills. Poppy was hungry and she wanted her walk. But I really needed to do these tests. My husband is working away from home this week. So I could only ask Poppy to wait for me.
The questions got harder as I went along, and still there were more to come…I pushed on, by the time I looked up, it was dark outside. Poppy has been waiting for a long time and was becoming impatient. She came over, nudged me, telling me to stop.
I stopped for a few minutes and gave Poppy some love and attention. I tried telling Poppy, not long to go now, on the last test already, just few more questions.
Next day, I got the test results. I did very well for the first test, OK on the second one, but not so good on the third one. When I took a closer look at the last test score, one question stood out. It showed that I spent 6 minutes on that question. Yup, that’s my Poppy score, 6 minutes of cuddles and kisses.
Perhaps Poppy knew how I was feeling; she stays very close to me this week. We resumed our raking today. The rain stopped work for a few days. Then the weather turned cold and windy again. Areas I have cleared are now covered by fresh fallen pine cones, pine needles and bamboo leaves. When I went outside to deposit the garden waste by the road side, Poppy made sure she was close by. Can you see her?
A close-up. Can you see her now?