I Ramble: 15 November 2016

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Day 2 of 6 Days of Crazy is over.

If I was feeling down yesterday, today I’m sent in a downward spiral.

The day started okay and turned out alright but ended very badly.

Look here. I am being very kind here to all of you, my workplace people. I did the classroom arrangement for you in preparation for our live play with help from the cleaning lady. Yet you are telling me you can’t get a child to behave? And it’s not like you have been doing anything for the play?

Only Allah knows how exasperated that made me feel. Even Nora flipped. Never mind.

Now, our schedule has always been to film from 9am to 11am from Monday to Wednesday. This has been brought up during the meeting, correct? In fact the classroom arrangement was supposed to be done by 7 November but I had to stall because of Chicken Pox and was finally able to do it today.

Now back to our schedule. We tried 9-11 yesterday. Didn’t work well because we spent some time setting up. In the end, we were set back by one hour. In fact, we had to squeeze in filming in the afternoon, which I’m really grateful that we did. I asked our leader to allow us to start from 8.30am instead so filming can begin punctually today.

Today, I even came in earlier than I was supposed to. I came in at 8.45am (when my shift was supposed to be from 9.30am to 6.30pm) and I worked until close to 7pm because I was getting the children to help me with signs directing parents to the play venue for Saturday. Thank goodness we managed to squeeze in 2 and a half scenes in the morning.

Tomorrow, we want to start at 9am. However, due to shortage of manpower, our leader is now asking us to begin at 9.30am. Given what we went through for the past two days, 9.30am is not an ideal timing. So I suggested getting one of you to work from 9am. Extend 30 mins earlier. However, our leader is concerned about paying back her time. Okay. In the interest of the filming schedule, I offered to cover that 30 mins. That means one of you work from 9am to 6pm instead of 9am to 6.30pm. So in order for one of you to work 9am to 6pm so filming can begin at 9am, I will now have to work from 8am to 6.30pm tomorrow.

People, I do not need thanks. I do not need money. I do not need lesser working hours.

I need your cooperation. That is all I need. That is all I am asking for.

Is that so very hard?

The fact that I am actually typing this very nicely instead of in my usual angry fashion just goes to show…

…just how very tired I am right now.

Still, I am going on with the project. I am moving forward.

And tomorrow morning at work when we see one another, you won’t be seeing these tears I just cried over my disappointment in all of us.


Allah knows best. – MM


Author: Metropolitan Muslimah

Born 1989. Female. Metropolitan Muslimah. Songstress. Teacher in the Early Childhood Care and Education sector in Singapore. Gooner since the signing of Mesut Özil on 2 September 2013. We won two back-to-back FA Cups since. Made my first trip to the Emirates on 10 May 2015 followed by my first home game against Swansea City on 11 May 2015, which we lost 0-1.

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