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Haikus for the boss...

Two weeks before National Boss Day (NBD), which was Wednesday, October 16th, I sent an email to our department of (mostly) writers, asking them if they were interested in doing a little something for our boss, Laura, on NBD.

In the email, I suggested we each write a haiku about Laura, if they'd be interested in that, and then we could make her guess who wrote which one. To my surprise, and utter delight, they jumped all over the idea.

"I've got the denim duster," one replied, alluding to something Laura had shared with them about wearing such a garment many years ago.

Because Laura is known for wearing very high-heeled shoes, another replied, "Dibs on her shoes for my topic. It'll be a haishu," she added.

Someone else wrote back saying, "If one was about sneezing, it would be a haichoo!"

After reading those responses, this feeling came over me about my new job: "These are my people. Two of my favorite things: word lovers and witty repartee."

On the day, Laura was in an all-day meeting, and we blew up 75 red balloons and after situating some moveable whiteboards to block off her workstation area, we filled it up with them.

When she eventually returned from her meeting, we yelled surprise, and I read the haikus to her, while she tried to guess who wrote each one. Here they are for your reading pleasure:

From Brandon (on the team that overseas oversees our documentation getting translated into a multitude of languages):

I don't write haikus
En ingles ni esponol
Thanks for being you


From Matt (Zimbra is our email system):

Always on the move
She meets so we don't have to
Zimbra pings again


From Bascha:

umbrella o'er us
foundation beneath our feet
thus we stand as one


From Amy (alluding to Laura's running):

Sneakers hit the road
Stretching to the finish line
Victory is here


From Zach (who accidentally bent the little card he had on which to write his haiku, so just incorporated that in):

The card may be bent
But our thanks are true as -- beer
Happy Boss' Day


From me (alluding to Laura's habit of twirling her hair with two fingers while she's reading or thinking; RHEL is one of Red Hat's products):

Laura sits nearby
Fingers twirling hair about
Contemplating RHEL


From Jared (who is not a writer by trade; we had to adjust his 5-6-6 to make it 5-7-5):

Tree leaves are falling
Gamecock football is here. Be-
cause of the Clowney


From Ashleigh: (who debated as to whether "acid washed" should be "acid-washed"):

O denim duster
Trimmed with Billy Squier buttons
Were you acid washed?


From Leigh:

Making shit happen
With most meaningful f-bombs
All day, every day


From Arrie (who wrote the "haishoe"):

towering platforms
steady on her feet she runs
at break-ankle speed


A fun time was had by all, and Laura just loved the surprise!

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 6th, 2013 08:54 am (UTC)
Can't resist
Given the nature of your work (and the fact that my partner is a proof-reader) I can't resist.

...overseas... ?

Hope you're well
Jayne (Ashton)
dailyafirmation
Nov. 6th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Can't resist
Great catch (of the one that got away!)... LOL. I particularly like the typo considering the topic of translation. :-D

Fixing now!
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