Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

ADAPT OR DIE
Monday, July 27, 2020 by LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

 

 

 

Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash

When the man said life goes in circles, I thought he meant incontinence, not working for minimum wage again.

Ten years after retirement, I took on a part-time job at Khol’s. My first part-time job was at W.T. Grants. When I interviewed for the department store job in Florida, the twenty-something assistant manager said, “Never heard of it.” Not surprising since the chain went out of business in 1975 (circa), long before some of my co-workers were born. In fact, some of my co-workers are only a few years older than my oldest grandchild.

Resources say W.T. Grant went out of business because they couldn’t adapt to the changing retail industry or compete with Kresge Corporation’s institutional K-marts. Although W.T. Grant tried building larger stores called Grant City, these stores were more individualized rather than the cookie-cutter shopping experience afforded at a local K-mat—a new trend in the early 1970s gaining explosive popularity.  

I guess, even businesses must adapt or die.

Sometimes I worry I may become like that ill-fated department store chain, insistent on doing things to my comfort level rather than allowing my mental and physical capabilities to be stretched. When I worked at Grants, the job required math skills as well as dexterity. Every item had a price tag on it. You entered the price and hit total on the machine. There were no credit cards, debits, or store charges. The customer gave you currency. Most often, you had to compute how much change to give back to the customer. Office staff handed you a precisely cashed out drawer to bring to the register. When you’re shift ended, you cashed out and brought your drawer back to the office. If your drawer was short, so was your paycheck.

The computerized system with its bleeps and burps and sassafras manner of business wore on my nerves. Within the first hour of the first day on the job, I was ready to turn on my heels, go to the manager and say, “Thank you for hiring me. It was a fun hour. Goodbye.”

“I’m out of here,” I said and turned.

A woman my age, my trainer, calmly scolded me. “No. You’re not. You can do this. It took me a month to learn. Just read the top of the register.”

Encouraged, I made the conscious decision to adapt.

I can honestly say, I’m actually enjoyed my job … most days … quitting only because I got my first book published and life took another turn for me to adapt.

Perhaps the great circle of life is letting go of the old and embracing the new. There is a sense of satisfaction when something hard to learn becomes a part of you. I think of the seasons of my life where this has been true. Once I could only print. Then I learned to write. Once I had no children, then I had three. Once I was employed, then I retired. Once I owned a home, now I rent …. Oh wait a minute … another circle of life!

No matter what season of life we are in, our survival depends upon the ability to adapt—whether it’s learning to use a computerized cash register or tipping wait staff at twenty percent. (Back in the Day it was only ten percent—that’s another column for another day).

ABOUT SECOND HELPINGS

Today is Jocelyn Johnson’s forty-fifth birthday. Unhappy with her marriage of twenty-two years, she has planned a noonday tryst with her talk-show cohost. A phone call from her college daughter, a peek into her teenaged son’s journal, a sick preschooler, a Goth daughter’s identity crisis, a middle-school son’s prank, and her husband’s inflamed suspicions, not only interfere with her hopeful birthday plans but throw her family into more chaos than a circus on steroids.

In desperate need of counsel, Jocelyn invites a Christian, her guest from her morning talk-show segment, to dinner. However, the evening holds little promise of calm. In the midst of bedlam, a forgotten faith rekindles causing Jocelyn to rethink her life and her marriage.

You will laugh and you will cry from the first page to the last as you journey through the day’s events and Jocelyn’s search for Second Helpings.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Second-Helpings-Humorous-Contemporary-Novel-ebook/dp/B087C744HZ

ABOUT ME

A veteran social worker, Linda Wood Rondeau is also a wife, mother, and grandmother. She is no stranger to family bedlam. Her stories of encouragement and hope come from the heart. She resides in Hagerstown, Maryland with her husband of over forty years. When not writing, the author enjoys the occasional round of golf. She also enjoys theater and is actively involved with her local church. Find more encouraging words in her blog, Snark and Sensibility, found on her website, www.lindarondeau.com. Click on the website to signup for the author’s newsletter. www.lindaronddeau.com

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8/28/2019

GRAY IS GRAND
LOREE PEERY
8/26/2019

SONG OF SUGAR SANDS
DEBRA COLEMAN JETER
8/23/2019

COCKROACHES AND LIGHT
MARTIN WILES
8/21/2019

A GOOD QUESTION
GEORGE CARGILL
8/19/2019

LOVE'S ALLEGIANCE
LINDA SHENTON MATCHETT
8/16/2019

SEE? GOOD.
JULIE COSGROVE
8/14/2019

LOVING THE BABY BOOMER GENERATION
ERIN UNGER
8/12/2019

WRITING THE PAST: THE DUST BOWL
CLEO LAMPOS
8/9/2019

EXPERIENCING GOD'S LOVE IN A BROKEN WORLD
ROY AND DEB HAGGERTY
8/7/2019

MAKING PRETTY THINGS
KATHY MCKINSEY
8/5/2019

THE STREET SINGER
KATHLEEN NEELY
8/2/2019

PLUG INTO GOD'S POWER
KATHY COLLARD MILLER
7/31/2019

ARE YOU TOO OLD TO BECOME AN AUTHOR
HARRY WEGLEY
7/29/2019

JANUS JOURNALS
H. L. WEGLEY
7/26/2019

ENJOY THE MEAL
MARTIN WILES
7/22/2019

DRIVING ON FLAT TIRES
BARBARA BRITTON
7/22/2019

WHERE I WAS PLANTED
HEATHER NORMAN SMITH
7/19/2019

WAITING FOR THE TEST
MELISSA HENDERSON
7/17/2019

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
7/15/2019

TO THE RESCUE A SHORT STORY
PAT JEANNE DAVIS
7/12/2019

THE LEAST OF THESE
KATHLEEN NEELY
7/10/2019

KEEPING IT FRESH
WANDA O. HOT
7/8/2019

SUMMER PLANS AND OTHER DISASTERS
KARIN BEERY
7/5/2019

MY COMFORTER SAW IT COMING
MEREDITH KENDALL
7/3/2019

OVERFLOWING WITH BLESSINGS
CLEO LAMPOS
7/1/2019

AND THEN BLOOMS LOVE
SALLY JO PITTS
6/28/2019

IN THE MONEY
Leeann Betts
6/26/2019

HAVING THE PRIME OF MY LIFE
JO MASSARO
6/24/2019

AMMO (An Original Shorty Story)
JENNIFER HALLMARK
6/21/2019

BLESSINGS IN AN IMPERFECT WORLD
GAIL PALLOTTA
6/19/2019

GOLDEN GIRL
PAT JEANNE DAVIS
6/17/2019

POWER UP
JESSIE MATTIS
6/14/2019

BOOKENDS
KATHLEEN NEELY
6/12/2019

WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW
CLEO LAMPOS
6/10/2019

THE PINK BONNET
LIZ TOLSMA
6/7/2019

UNDERGROUND
JULIE COSGROVE
6/5/2019

Food, Families, and Fond Memories
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
6/3/2019

KATELYN'S CHOICE
SUSAN G. MATHIAS
5/31/2019

THE POWER OF LOVE
LISA SIMONDS
5/29/2019

HOSEA'S HEART
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
5/24/2019

FOR THOSE OVER FIFTY-FIVE
JUNE FOSTER
5/20/2019

FAITH AND HOPE
AMY R. ANGUISH
5/17/2019

A CONVENIENT COMPASSION
DONNA SCHLACHTER
5/15/2019

NEXT GENERATION
KATHLEEN NEELY
5/13/2019

FALLEN LEAF
JULIE COSGROVE
5/10/2019

TONGUE-TAMING 101
SUSAN G. MATHIAS
5/8/2019

Mimi and Bop
Melissa Henderson
5/6/2019

GRACE & LAVENDER
HEATHER NORMAN SMITH
5/3/2019

WHAT'S YOUR MOTIVATION
HEATHER SMITH
5/1/2019

NEVER TO OLD TO START OVER
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
4/29/2019

JULIA
VICKIE MCDONOUGH
4/26/2019

R and I
JULIE COSGROVE
4/24/2019

AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE
BARRY NAPIER
4/22/2019

KATELYN'S CHOICE
SUSAN G. MATHIAS
4/19/2019

MY SINAI SAGA
JARM DEL BOCCIO
4/17/2019

THE WRITER'S CALLING
SHERRI STEWART
4/15/2019

When Valleys Bloom Again
Pat Jeanne Davis
4/12/2019

You Asked for It
STEVE STROBBLE
4/10/2019

PLAYING THROUGH THE FOG
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
4/8/2019

One Door Between Us
Tom Donnan
4/5/2019

Counterfeit Detectors
Leeann Betts
4/3/2019

SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED TO TURN OFF THE GPS
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
4/1/2019

BURIED MOUNTAIN SECRETS
TERRI REED
3/29/2019

LANDING HARD
ERIN UNGER
3/27/2019

DON’T CALL HER MA’AM
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
3/25/2019

CAPTURE ME
SHERRY KYLE
3/22/2019

LOVING ONE ANOTHER
JERRI HARRINGTON
3/20/2019

When Your Past Looms Longer than Your Future
Debra Coleman Jeter
3/18/2019

UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES
CYNTHIA ROEMER
3/15/2019

TAKIN' IT TO THE LIMIT
TAMMY WHITEHURST
3/13/2019

OUR MCDONALDS
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
3/11/2019

A Tender Hope
Amanda Cabot
3/8/2019

DON'T HIT THE FAN
Julie Cosgrove
3/6/2019

BORN TOO LATE
DIANNE BARKER
3/4/2019

PARHELION
LISA LICKEL
3/1/2019

NOT OF THIS WORLD
JUNE FOSTER
2/27/2019

PERSPECTIVE
LISA LICKEL
2/25/2019

CAROLINA GRACE
REGINA MERRICK
2/22/2019

THE POWER OF "WITH"/OVERCOMING ANXIETY
BARBARA BRITTON
2/20/2019

IS IT THE BEGINNING OR THE END
KATHLEEN NEELY
2/18/2019

A LOVE MOST WORTHY
SANDRA ARDOIN
2/16/2019

HITTING YOUR SPIRITUAL GROOVE
LINDA HANNA AND DEBORAH DULWORTH
2/13/2019

MY TO-DO LIST
SHERRI STEWART
2/11/2019

YOU'RE AMAZING
JULIE ARDUINI
2/8/2019

STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN
JULIE COSGROVE
2/6/2019

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
2/3/2019

LOVE'S RESCUE
LINDA SHENTON MATCHETT
2/1/2019

COURTING DANGER
NIKE CHILLEMI
1/25/2019

A CHURCH PLANTER'S WIFE
Meredith Kendall
1/23/2019

MAMA, I CAN'T TAKE A BATH THERE'S A FISH IN THE TUB
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
1/21/2019

JOHN ALDEN ... A SHORT STORY
LYNNE BASHAM TAGAWA
1/18/2019

FIG LEAVES RIPPING?
Kathy Collard Miller
1/16/2019

EAT RIGHT NOW LIVE LONGER LATER
Jude Urbanski
1/14/2019

THE OTHER NEIGHBOR
Gail Sattler
1/11/2019

A BEFORE I
Julie Cosgrove
1/9/2019

AM I STRESSED?
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
1/7/2019

NO TURNING BACK
H. L. Wegley
1/4/2019

EVERYDAY CHOICES
Gail Pallotta
1/2/2019

SHOULD VS WANT
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
12/31/2018

ALLEY'S PERFECT ANGEL
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
12/28/2018

YOU ARE THE APPLE OF HIS EYE
Kathy Collard Miller
12/26/2018

I'LL BE ALONE FOR CHRISTMAS ... YOU CAN COUNT ON ME
Julie Cosgrove
12/24/2018

A SILVER MEDALLION
James Callan
12/21/2018

WHY WE SING JOY TO THE WORLD!
Ada Brownell
12/19/2018

THE ONLY CONSTANT IS CHANGE
LINDA SHENTON MATCHETT
12/17/2018

THE AMISH MIDWIFE'S SECRET
Rachel Good
12/14/2018

Coming Home For Christmas
MICHELLE DE BRUIN
12/12/2018

LIVING WITHOUT REGRET
Grant Ferguson
12/10/2018

CHRISTMAS WITH THE ENEMY
Mary Vee
12/7/2018

WHY DO WE NEVER LEARN
Linda Wood Rondeau
12/5/2018

GROWING UP CAN BE FUN SO IS GETTING OLDER
ELLIE GUSTAFSON
12/3/2018

RETURN TO WALHALLA
LAURA HODGES POOLE
11/30/2018

SAVED BY THE LAMB
Julie Cosgrove
11/28/2018

SOARING WITH BROKEN WINGS
Linda Wood Rondeau
11/19/2018

HOMELESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
PeggySue Wells and Marsha Wright
11/16/2018

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
Sandy Kirby Quandt
11/14/2018

HAIR CALAMITIES AND HOT CASH
GAIL PALLOTTA
11/9/2018

NEVER TOO LATE
DIANE TATUM
11/5/2018

MEET ME IN GALVESTON
ANDREA BOESHAAR
10/26/2018

The Not So Good Good Old Days
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/22/2018

HARVEST OF BLESSINGS
JUNE FOSTER
10/19/2018

MEET JENNIFER SLATTERY
Jennifer Slattery
10/5/2018

HONESTLY SPEAKING
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/3/2018

Perceptual Blindness
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/1/2018

THE PUTTING GREEN WHISPERER
ZOE MCCARTHY
9/14/2018

The God of the Mundane
Linda Wood Rondeau
8/30/2018

WHEN I WAS THREE
Linda Wood Rondeau
7/16/2018

He Passes By
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/15/2018

Bryan's Homecoming
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/8/2018

EMERGENCE
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/1/2018

THE PURSUIT OF PEACE
Linda Wood Rondeau
5/30/2018

Live Long and Prosper
Linda Wood Rondeau
5/24/2018

THE REAL DEAL
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
5/16/2018

Antiquainted Man
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
5/11/2018

SOMETHING NEW
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
5/4/2018

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED TAKE A BUBBLE BATH THEN TRY AGAIN
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
2/26/2018

REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS
John Brewer
12/24/2017

FOOTPRINTS
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
12/20/2017

FUNNY WITH A POIGNANT MESSAGE
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
12/8/2017

MUTUAL SUBMISSIVENESS
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
11/29/2017

CASTING STONES
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
11/17/2017

HEADLINE HYSTERIA
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
10/31/2017

COUNTRY ROADS
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/12/2017

STUPIDITY IS NO EXCUSE
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
10/7/2017

Beauty Queen and Humorist Shares Her Latest Book
JANE JENKINS HERLONG
6/13/2017

AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH/WHO PUT THE VINEGAR IN THE SALT/CHAPTER 2A
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
6/7/2017

WHO PUT THE VINEGAR IN THE SALT/CREATED TO BE SALT PART B
Linda Wood Rondeau
5/30/2017

WHO PUT THE VINEGAR IN THE SALT/ CREATED TO BE SALT/PART A
Linda Wood Rondeau
5/20/2017

CELEBRATE YOUR FEMINITY
Linda Wood Rondeau
4/13/2017

THE FIFTY-FIFTY CONUNDRUM
Linda Wood Rondeau
4/6/2017

THE ROCK OF OUR FUTURE
Linda Wood Rondeau
3/31/2017

FRIENDSHIP IS STICKY BUSINESS
Linda Wood Rondeau
3/14/2017

PASS THE LOVE, PLEASE
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
1/17/2017

STRANDED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
1/10/2017

BATTLE WITH A BUMBLEBEE
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
1/3/2017

BATTLE FATIGUES
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
12/27/2016

ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
12/24/2016

LOVE IN A SUITCASE
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
12/20/2016

FRIENDSHIP IS STICKY BUSINESS
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
12/14/2016

ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
12/13/2016

KERI'S CHRISTMAS WISH
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
12/5/2016

Raising a Child With Autism
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
11/30/2016

SHOULD OR WANT
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
11/22/2016

CONFESSIONS OF A GARDENS SLUGGARD
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
11/16/2016

GRANDMA PRAYED WHILE IRONING
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
11/8/2016

The Day Super Mom Died
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
11/1/2016

FOLLOW WHICH LEADER?
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
10/25/2016

ROYAL LEGACY
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
10/18/2016

MY SHEEP KNOW MY VOICE
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
10/11/2016

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
9/28/2016

THE POWER OF ONE
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
9/20/2016

A LIFELONG PURSUIT
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
9/13/2016

A TEENAGED ROBIN HOOD
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
9/5/2016

NUGGETS OF GRACE
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
8/31/2016

THE CHOICE TO FAIL
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
8/24/2016

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE TROUBLE
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
8/17/2016

JUST LIKE MY DADDY
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
8/9/2016

PATIENT PRAYING
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
7/26/2016

MEET DARLENE FRANKLIN/SCAVENGER HUNT/LAST STOP
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
7/17/2016

PATIENT WISDOM
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
7/12/2016

OF PETS AND PERSISTENCE
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
7/5/2016

God's Server Never Shuts Down
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
6/10/2016

Blessed to be a Blessing
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
5/18/2016

Mama, I Can't take a Bath 'Cause There's a Fish in the Tub
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
5/4/2016

SOUR GRAPES OR BLESSED FRUIT
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
4/28/2016

IT'S WHAT THEY DO
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
4/17/2016

MEET JOHNNIE ALEXANDER
Linda Wood Rondeau
2/3/2016

FROM LIGHT TO BRIGHT
Linda Wood Rondeau
1/15/2016

SURRENDERING TO THE CALL
Linda Wood Rondeau
1/8/2016

MY QUEST
Linda Wood Rondeau
1/4/2016

MY INTIMATE JOURNEY WITH MY HEROINE BY NIKE N. CHI
Linda Wood Rondeau
12/22/2015

ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF
Linda Wood Rondeau
12/8/2015

When Art Imitates Life: An Author's Book Journey
Linda Wood Rondeau
12/4/2015

Settled By Faith
Linda Wood Rondeau
11/27/2015

JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING
Linda Wood Rondeau
11/24/2015

From Little Golden Books to Summer's List
Linda Wood Roundeau
11/20/2015

THE EDUCABLE MOMENT
Linda Wood Rondeau
11/17/2015

There's love in them there casseroles
Linda Wood Rondeau
11/4/2015

Searching for God With All My Heart
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/30/2015

I RUN TO YOU
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/27/2015

Sweetening Our Sour Grapes
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/23/2015

THE FALL THAT LIFTS
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/20/2015

A Walk With God
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/9/2015

Disappointment and Discouragement
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/6/2015

STIRRING TRUTH
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/2/2015

PENNED BY GOD'S OWN HAND
Linda Wood Rondeau
9/25/2015

The Masterpiece
Linda Wood Rondeau
9/22/2015

RESTORED HEARTS and a Writer's Journey
Linda Wood Rondeau
9/18/2015

THE WRITER'S JOURNEY: Meditations on the Road
Linda Wood Rondeau
9/11/2015

DIALOGUING OUR FEARS
Linda Wood Rondeau
9/8/2015

WHY A BOOK OF PRAYERS?
Linda Wood Rondeau
9/4/2015

From Lettuce to Pages
Linda Wood Rondeau
8/27/2015

AND NOT TO YIELD
Linda Wood Rondeau
8/24/2015

BONNIE LEON WRITES TO ENCOURAGE THE DISABLED
Linda Wood Rondeau
8/21/2015

FAITH WORTH THE FIGHT
Linda Wood Rondeau
8/14/2015

CANT HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER
Linda Wood Rondeau
8/10/2015

THE WINDING TRAIL
Linda Wood Rondeau
7/31/2015

The Flavorful Church
Linda Wood Rondeau
7/28/2015

Commitment Phobia
Linda Wood Rondeau
7/24/2015

God knows our hearts
Linda Wood Rondeau
7/21/2015

God Had Other Plans
Linda Wood Rondeau
7/17/2015

BE ANGRY AND SIN NOT
Linda Wood Rondeau
7/14/2015

God's Writer: Jan Elder
Linda Wood Rondeau
7/10/2015

THE CURE FOR THE WEARY SOUL
Linda Wood Rondeau
7/7/2015

Surely Goodness and Mercy Gail Kittleson
Linda Wood Rondeau
7/3/2015

OF THEE I SING
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/30/2015

A HUNGER FOR GOD
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/26/2015

What Do We Ask God For?
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/24/2015

BUCK STORM SINGER/SONGWRITER/STORYTELLER
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/19/2015

STRESS: THAT OTHER HOMEWRECKER
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/16/2015

A Dream Come True of Being A Writer
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/12/2015

COURAGE IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF FEAR
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/9/2015

Meet Shannon Vannetter Christian Author
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/5/2015

JOY COMES IN THE MORNING
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/2/2015

EMPTY NETS
Linda Wood Rondeau
5/26/2015

Bucketwish
Linda Wood Rondeau
5/23/2015

Loyalty that Springs from Spirituality
Linda Wood Rondeau
5/20/2015

Wonderfully Made
Linda Wood Rondeau
3/8/2015

Lighthouse of the Carolina's Author Carol Heilman
Linda Wood Rondeau
2/7/2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR
Linda Wood Rondeau
1/4/2015