Well…… I had my first business trip since having two children. Oh My God – I left skid marks getting outta here. Don’t get me wrong…. I love my children….. That said, a night in a nice clean and oatmeal free hotel room was quite appealing to me. Red wine with no kids trying to take a sip or knock it over — heaven I tell you.
Well there were like hundreds of us there (seriously) – big IBM announcement. I run in to a colleague who is also above me (literally and figuratively — he is like 6″5′ or so and a higher level than me). “Kelly Hi — good to see you”.
“Oh yea…. you too” I reach to shake hands.
Not enough. He is going in for the cheek kiss. Okay well…. I am known to be a bit clumsy…….I shan’t disappoint.
There are so many things to decide – do I lean up, lean in, turn to the right, turn left, body stiff, body relaxed, shake hands while cheek kissing — its all too much — and all these must be coordinated and cemented in about 4 seconds. In the midst of all my decision making and movement —-AKKKK! One wrong turn and we are in a full on lip lock – SWEAR to God. AKKKKK! OMG OMG OMG He tried to make small talk as I sped away….I could not get out of there fast enough – my face an altogether new shade of red — flames beginning to peek through my ears.
I may have to quit….