This shouldn't humiliate me and yet to a minor degree I felt some humiliation.
Friday Night at the Restaurant - in walks a large group of 13 people that I do not know BUT wait I do know one of them. One of them is a man who was a Brand Director for a company that I worked for 5+ years ago when I was a Brand Manager and he was my boss. Back when I was someone important. When I had a STAFF that reported to me. Back when I worked 50+ hours a week and traveled on business and garnered respect as I climbed the corporate ladder.
He recognized me because he said hello to me by name. But that was it. He did not ask how I have been since I left there 5+ years ago. He did not seem interested in why I was now taking his pasta order rather than managing a team of brand marketers somewhere.
I wanted to explain - when I left that job my husband was still relatively healthy, walking, working full time at his own career. I wanted to say how far I went before realizing I could no longer be part of that corporate world and still fulfill the promises I made at the altar that day 13 years ago. I wanted to tell him how my own private endeavors that I work at less than 20 hours a week are providing an income just shy of what I made when I worked for him.
I didn't want him to think I was just a waitress.
But he didn't ask so I just brought him his food and acted like I didn't care. I did.