THE SILENT TONGUE
by Ross Sharp
3.45pm, Tuesday, February 16, 2016.
I am called to a meeting with my manager who informs me that my position with the company has been made redundant. Some aspects of my work shall be outsourced, others taken on by remaining employees (of which there aren’t really that many left).
“Oh. Okay”. I reply, flatly.
I am provided with a “Deed of Release” which sets out the terms of my redundancy. I sign it.
By 4.30pm, I have left the office, walked home, and sit at the local pub, reading the days’ papers and drinking a Peroni.
Ten years and seven months. It’s over.
“Fucking brilliant!”, I text a few friends.
Then I think, “Shit, I have to move. Pack, clean, move. Organise things.
“Shit”, I think, “I’ll have to buy a computer”.
I’m still getting around to that.
Having never been unemployed before over 40 years of work, getting out of the habit is strange. There has always been somewhere to go, and things to be done, even if they were loathsome.
That’s where I’ve been these past several weeks.
Sitting on the couch mostly. Thinking. Or, to put it more aptly, procrastinating.
Procrastinating about thinking. And so on.
In other news, it seems the country has come to realise that our “new” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has turned out a rather gammy little squib.