I sense a change in the tone of my boss’ voice and the look on his face when he talks to me. This change began when I told him last week that I was leaving. It’s an inexplicable expression, and I don’t understand why I have problems dealing with it. I’ve resigned from one job every year for the last two years (prospective employers: please bang your head against the wall till you forget you read this) and the boss’s expression changes every time:
2003: Super-Boss: you are leaving when we are going through the ordeal of shifting, else we would have thrown you a farewell party!
2004: Boss: Ha ha ha ha ha. What do you want? A promotion? (Clarification: This is not you-who-read-this-blog-boss.)
2004: Super-Boss: Can’t you manage a career and your education side by side? I manage my family and my work!
This time, the change is not to bitterness or resentment. It is just different.
2005: Boss: Couldn’t you have waited for me to finish my ice-cream?
I guess this is a magical place and a magical boss! I have a million good reasons to stay.