Thursday, July 28, 2011

Barnyard Lessons Applied to Work

I think it is because I am in a new job - I didn't have the lack of knowledge of the people and systems to allow for objective comparison between faculty meetings and farms.... In fact, until I came home today, I wasn't even thinking in those terms.

I have mentioned the injured hen living in the greenhouse; today, she decided it was time to rejoin the flock.  She has been down in the greenhouse for a week or two, hanging out with the cat.  When I got home today, she was in the stall (where, I felt like reminding her, she was when she got stepped on) waiting for me to let her back into the coop.  Since I spent a good part of my summer in the greenhouse, too, I thought, okay - this chicken is me.  She has been hanging out and now she is ready to rejoin the fray - and today was my first "real" day of work.

I opened the gate and she ran (or, rather, hopped) into the chicken run with joy - only to get pecked on and squabbled over by the hens re-establishing pecking order.

I felt a little bit like that hen today, ready to curl up with my head tucked under (the first time I saw chickens do that, I thought the dogs had bitten their heads off!)

I think tomorrow I will be on the lookout for sheep-like behavior.  I have a sneaking suspicion that the "ram" in the faculty room is going to turn out to be a woman.  She might be a little like Elvis, getting her licks in when your back is turned.... On the other hand, like the chicken coop, a few pecks and a quick re-establishing of order, this new member of the flock might settle in faster than she thinks.  I hope so, because today, I miss my co-workers and friends at my old school.  A lot.  (It's a good thing we're having dinner together tomorrow night).


From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I can sympathize with you. Four years ago the school (K-4) all my children went to and were I started my school job closed because of budget cuts. The staff was separated and split to the remaining elementary schools. When we started in September is was so sad. We were such a tightly knit group and then to start all over again with strangers was so difficult. Things will get better. It just takes a little time.

Chai Chai said...

This is a funny analogy, hopefully none of your new co-workers are reading your blog!

"What do you mean that I display "ram" behavior?"