The holiday season was soon coming to a close, and with that, so was my seasonal position at a retail store in the mall. As my first job and first step in getting over my summer heartbreak, I was ready to go back to school. With one week before January, my enrollment appointment was fast approaching, and soon I would be able to go back and finish the spring semester of my freshman year in college. But before I went back to school, I needed to make sure that I had my best friend back. How was I supposed to go through college without having Melinda there right beside me?
Melinda and I were both 19 years old and entered school together as freshmen the year before. Now I was barely finishing my freshman year and she was entering her second semester of her sophomore year. Graduating together went out the window, and again I was faced with the consequence of having my “time off.” To say that Melinda and I were as close as sisters was an understatement. We both grew up together and saw each other at every birthday and holiday. That last Christmas was the first time ever that we didn’t see each other and it was the one time in my life that I really needed a shoulder to cry on.
Had Melinda met my sleazy ex, Jared, she would’ve seen right through him and warned me that he was a waste of time. I guess in a way it was a good thing that she didn’t, because at that time, I saw Jared as the biggest mistake I had ever made and the last thing I wanted was for my best friend to see me at the most depressing and pathetic moment of my life. But I had moved on and was ready to have my right-hand woman back. So, I swallowed my pride and sent her a text message to ask how she was doing.
Melinda and I had planned to go to school together, graduate together,and even go on double dates together. We were each other’s most important confidante. Nothing that we did would go unmentioned and now I had experienced a life’s lesson in relationships and she was completely clueless about it. I cried thinking about how I possibly ruined our friendship with my selfish decision—she was pretty angry when I left school and dedicated all my time to Jared. I just hoped that it wasn’t as bad as I felt it was.
In a matter of weeks, I was able to vent to Melinda all about Jared. From the moment that we met, the embarrassing details of how I lost my virginity and the public humiliation I faced with his friends when he refused to acknowledge me as anything more than a friend. Melinda was speechless; I wasn’t the same girl that I used to be. My pride was still intact, but my lack of confidence and low self-esteem showed how broken up I was about my failed relationship with Jared. I had been, at one point in time, a hopeless romantic where true love was waiting for us at every corner. Now I was nothing but a bitter scorned woman with nothing but the lowliest opinion of men.
I finally enrolled as a full-time student. With a heavy college load, I couldn’t afford to have anything distract me. But my lack of money to spend on things like shopping and pampering myself really started to bother me, and so I was back on the job hunt. Since my retail job was only seasonal, I needed to look for something that was a little bit more stable and reliable as a source of income.
While I was out exploring my options in life, my best friend was getting her life together. Melinda was balancing both a school life and a work life. As a receptionist for a local office, Melinda was getting paid pretty well for a part-time college student. Feeling a little envious, I expressed myself to her and that was when Melinda told me of another office she knew that was looking for a secretary.
It was as if God himself handed me the opportunity. The office that Melinda worked at was owned by a big-time multi-billion dollar corporation; therefore it owned many different locations. This meant that both the office that Melinda worked at and the one that was hiring were part of the same aforementioned company. As a result, I was hired on the basis of having a present employee recommendation. In the span of two weeks, I had gone from broke and unemployed to the part-time secretary of a respectable office.
Everything was falling into place. Now all I was missing was the perfect man, but even those shoes would be filled, and all thanks to Melinda and this new job.