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Why are you YELLING at me

 
JANICE!!!!

I hear my name yelled from far away.
I immediately stop and look around.
What did I do wrong? I'm working.
I'm always busy. I'm doing exactly what I should be doing.
Why are you YELLING at me?

JANICE!!!!

I hear my name yelled from far away.
So many customers flowing through my area.
They heard it, too. What must they be thinking of me?
SLACKER! LAZY! WORTHLESS EMPLOYEE!
Why are you YELLING at me?

JANICE!!!!

I hear my name yelled from far away.
This time I see you. Do you see me?
I'm helping a customer. He's standing right in front of me.
We are both looking at you. EVERYONE is looking at you.
Why are you YELLING at me?

JANICE!!!!

I hear my name yelled from far away.
I hear you yell orders at me. Do this...Do that.
In my head, I yell back...'I KNOW! I DO IT EVERY DAMN DAY!
I KNOW MY JOB, I DON'T NEED A BABYSITTER.
I AM A GREAT EMPLOYEE!'
Why are you YELLING at me?

JANICE!!!!

I hear my name yelled from far away.
'WHAT? WHAT THE HELL? WHY CAN'T YOU LEARN TO "CALL"
SOMEONE'S NAME INSTEAD OF YELL!'
You yell. †I panic. †I think I've done something wrong.
I tell myself, I am O.K. †
Breathe, Janice...
Why are you YELLING at me?


©janiceraindavis
04/12/2020
JaniceRain
Written by JaniceRain (Rain Whispers)
Published
Author's Note
I grew up being yelled at by my mother. She would remind me quite often of how worthless and good for nothing I was. Even now, in my 50's, I do NOT like to be yelled at. I immediately check myself:...
I grew up being yelled at by my mother. She would remind me quite often of how worthless and good for nothing I was. Even now, in my 50's, I do NOT like to be yelled at. I immediately check myself: what am I doing wrong? However, now, when pushed...I push back. Most of my managers TALK to me with respect, but I have two that seriously need to learn the difference between CALLING someone's name and YELLING at them. AND to never ever yell at an employee on the store floor or within earshot of customers or fellow workers.
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