Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The Darth Vader Pumpkin

Call center environments are one of the most unique working environments I can imagine. Sure, there are more unique places to work, more exciting scenery or job functions, but I do believe call centers have a way of breeding so many different types of people.

The call center I work at is the only I've ever known and in no way could I consider myself an expert. Sure, there was the dungeon that we worked in before our relocation, but the company was still the same. I do enjoy the culture of where I work.

Looking around at night, I can see people decorating their desks with their own personal belongings. Things mean something different to different people. For example, a banker has a collage picture frame at her desk with pictures of her trip to Italy. Another banker has pictures of a puppy and her boyfriend. Children and movie stars are pinned up at other desks.

My desk, like the others, is filled with pictures. I have postcards I bought during a trip to the Grand Canyon. Portugal pictures are framed and hanging in my cubicle. I also have a picture that brings a smile to my face each time I look at it. While going through my mom's old photo albums, I found this picture. I imagine it must have been a friend of mine, one I don't remember all that well, from when our family lived in Iowa. His name may be Aaron.

It is a testament to children's ideas, wishes, and parents who will allow dreams. Halloween is a time for children in our culture to dress up in any way they choose and have fun while trick-or-treating. That is exactly what this little boy did.

He is the Darth Vader Pumpkin. The image will always make me smile, knowing the combination is illogical but so childlike. Enjoy.

Darth Pumpkin