i officially left my old job to transition into my new job today. it was more of a paperwork drill than anything else, as i’ve already been working the new job since the end of april. i was just “on loan” during that time, while the details of how that would work sorted themselves out. so, today was the last day i went back to that office to give them all my stuff and say, “peace out.”
i can’t say that i expected the program manager to acknowledge my existence on this planet, but it is still baffling to me that he hasn’t. since january. in fact i am not sure if he did prior to then, but i know that at the end of january i left on travel for a month and when i returned in march, he didn’t even say hello. i was gone for a month and he couldn’t even bother a hello. sure, maybe he didn’t see me. except that he did. several times he walked right by me that first day back. and the next days. it got to be a game. when would he
become human and provide a simple greeting of some sort. it never happened.
he did once or twice talk to someone else about a request i made within the course of my work, without coming to me directly, which prompted me to walk over and engage the conversation with him. but never in four months [or any of them since] did he manage a simple hello. hi. how are you? or any other cursory greeting. while i provided him plenty of opportunity [not on purpose, just sheer fact of working in a program office together], not a word was said. at the end, and the only time i did this, i avoided an encounter at the door with him just so i wouldn’t have to break our ridiculous silence by saying “thank you”.
really, even all of that should not have come as a surprise. after my mother went into the hospital and ultimately passed away after my wedding, i was sending emails back to work keeping them apprised of the situation [while he was transitioning into the program manager position, newly appointed]. not once in all of that did he ever send a single word back. not a ‘take all the time you need’. nor a ’do what you need to do’. heck, he could have sent something simple and easy such as ‘i’m sorry’ or heck ‘i understand’ or for those with no empathy ‘roger’. instead he wrote not a word. not a single world.
i did give him the benefit of the doubt. he was new. he had lots of emails flooding his inbox each day, perhaps he didn’t see the messages i sent. okay. i get it. but no, no. when i finally came back to work i got to hear from him several times how he read everything. everything. every. single. piece. of. information. that came his way. he read. he read it all.
so today, when he did not manage to utter a single word to me, not a hello or a goodbye, when he passed by on my very last day, i should not have been surprised.