1221. Rung up

Roberta couldn’t but help feel pleased. She had been promoted. In fact, in the average-sized town art gallery she could not have been promoted higher. To put it bluntly: Roberta was at the top; at the pinnacle. She was in charge.

She was only thirty-two. If headway was to be made in her professional career, she would have to move to a larger town with a larger art gallery. She did just that, selling the house and upping and moving. Of course, she had to take a cut in pay because she had to start down at the bottom again. But rung by rung she could move so much higher. There were so many promotions ahead!

These days Roberta is one year off retirement and is still near the bottom. Whenever a job vacancy came up, an ambitious teeny-bopper city-slicker with a university degree would apply. After retirement, Roberta has no idea how she’ll pay off the rest of her mortgage.

Oh well.

9 thoughts on “1221. Rung up

  1. umashankar

    I agree with Inese here. It is an irony for someone as cold and career oriented as Roberta to have been in charge of several art galleries. If only she had bits of gumption, she could have become an abstract painter herself, with ladders and ceilings as motifs in her paintings. Who knows, her work would have ended up at Christie’s.

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