The Handshake From Far Away to the Present

mountainside By mountainside, 29th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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He went looking for a new job and found one, but also found so much more than the job.

The Handshake From the Past

He had been told that he was being let go along with many other people who worked for the company. Business was slowing down and the accounts were shrinking, so cuts had to be made to balance it out. He was given a two week notice. Now what, he thought as he left his boss' office, this did not come as a shock because he tried to keep abreast of things going on in the business world and of course nosed around to see what was being said at the water cooler.

So when he was called in for a meeting with his superior, he basically knew what was coming. He had been there for three years and had gotten very good experience as a junior advertising executive. Now he would have to see what else was out there. More than likely a larger establishment might have room for him, but there would be a crowd
with folks from this place and others standing in line before he got there.

What would his mom think? She was so proud of him, she lived in Ohio while he made his way to New York after graduating from college, found a job that was not what he wanted but took it as a stepping stone and then amazingly found this job that he loved but was now no longer employed. Life is life he thought to himself. Mom would hopefully understand.

He went home from work sort of depressed, picked up a paper on the way, stopped to pick up his take-out dinner, he didn't like to cook so take-out was usually the bill-of-fare. The next few days he went through the ads and made a few telephone calls, sent out his resume to a few firms and waited to see what would happen. He checked the internet to see if something might be appealing and made a few inquiries.

Nothing clicked from any of the contacts or resume submissions before his final day on the job. Not that he expected anything that fast but he had hoped. His mom had taught him well, he had a goodly amount saved up, so he could withstand the storm for a while. But he also loved the game of advertising and really wanted to get back in. His creativity needed to be stimulated and he wanted that stimulation sooner rather than later.

One day there was an envelope with the name of one of the advertising companies that
he had submitted his resume, in his mail. He got excited seeing the name of the company, it was a letter of interest regarding his resume, they wanted him to call for an appointment. He couldn't believe it, don't get carried away he told himself, it may or may not turn into something. After all he had been to a few interviews lately for other types of jobs, but none of them went anywhere.

The day of the interview, he dressed in his best blue suit, everything was in place. His heart was pounding when he walked into the reception area. He made himself calm down, so when the lady asked him to follow her, he was steady and felt that he would be able to handle the interview. It went well he thought, lasted at least an hour, that made him feel that there was interest in him as a potential employee. He went home to wait with hopes that he was right.

A week or so later he got a call that they wanted to see him for a follow-up interview. This could get serious he thought. The follow-up interview went better than the initial one, the same person did the second interview, but the tone was a bit different, they laughed about a few things and when they were done, Robert had the job.

He had been at the agency for a month or so, when he had a report that needed to be handed in. This report was to be given to someone he had not met but the instructions were to deliver the report directly to a Mr.Trent. Robert finished the report and found out where Mr. Trent's office was and headed there. The secretary was not at her desk so he knocked on Mr. Trent's office door, no response so he walked in, he placed the report on the large desk and was on his way out when he looked over at the array of pictures on the side desk and there among all of them was a picture of his mom. He picked up the picture to make sure it was her and yes it was his mother. What was her picture doing here? He kept staring at the picture in his hand.

At that moment, Mr. Trent walked in and they both introduced themselves as Robert told him that he had been instructed to see that he received the report that he had left on his desk. Mr. Trent shook Robert's hand and a flash of a scene entered Robert's mind of a tall man in a uniform shaking his hand when he was about three years old. After the strong handshake, the man had hugged him there in Japan with Robert's mother crying behind them. The man waved good-bye and that was the last Robert had seen of him. He and his mother had come to the states a few years later. His mom had never spoke of his father in any extensive way that he could remember. Mr. Trent looked at the picture in Robert's hand and looked at Robert. With a handshake Robert had found his father after all these years without even looking for him. They hugged each other tightly, as Mr. Trent realized that Robert was his son.

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Advertising, Father, Handshake, Japan, Mom, Picture, Tall, Uniform

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author avatar mountainside
I am an artist, I paint abstract pictures and draw. I like to write, read and watch game shows. I like nice people and love to learn about diffeent cultures. Keeping an open mind is important to me.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
29th Jan 2011 (#)

A very moving story.

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author avatar mountainside
29th Jan 2011 (#)

Hi Jer, thanks for you nice comment. Take care.

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author avatar Carol
29th Jan 2011 (#)

lovely story, well written

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author avatar mountainside
29th Jan 2011 (#)

...Hi Carol, thank you so much. Take care.

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author avatar Artur Victoria
30th Jan 2011 (#)

Great story – Thanks for sharing

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author avatar mountainside
30th Jan 2011 (#)

Hi Artur, thanks for stopping by. Take care.

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author avatar Kathleen H.Arrington
30th Jan 2011 (#)

Very well written! good story!

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author avatar mountainside
30th Jan 2011 (#)

Hi Kathleen, thank you for your nice comment. Take it easy.

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author avatar Retired
31st Jan 2011 (#)

Another outstanding piece of work.

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author avatar mountainside
31st Jan 2011 (#)

Hi Martin, thank you so very much for your comment, appreciated greatly. Take care.

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author avatar WordWulf
31st Jan 2011 (#)

This is a very heartwarming story. I enjoyed the read.

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author avatar mountainside
1st Feb 2011 (#)

Hi there, thanks for dropping by. I appreciate your nice comment WordWulf. Take care.

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author avatar Denise O
9th Feb 2011 (#)

Wonderful story Mountain. I have to admit you got me, I had no idea where it was going to go. I am so glad it ended where it did. Nice read.
As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar mountainside
9th Feb 2011 (#)

Denise, thanks so much. I love that you were interested to the end. Take good care.

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author avatar Nan Joe
26th Mar 2011 (#)

Very moving story. Nobody knows what lies round the corner. When one door closes, a better one opens.

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author avatar mountainside
27th Mar 2011 (#)

...Nan Joe, True. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Take it easy.

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