I'm working a short shift at the bookstore today. I like the bookstore.
I had a job I didn't like, once. A co-worker was leaving, so there was a reception at the workplace. I was cornered by an older woman I'd always seen as rude.
"So has this job been a good experience for you, Kyle?"Just then someone else walked up to join the conversation. I got out of it by asking that person a leading question, and excused myself before it could get back 'round to me again.
"Well, it's definitely been an interesting experience. I've seen some things I wouldn't have otherwise, and I've learned a lot."
"But would you say you've had a good experience overall?"
"I've met some people I'll always remember, and I've been able to do some helpful thinking about my life and career direction..."
"Yes, but has it been good? Are you glad you came?"
I thought the exchange belonged in an awkward dinner party scene in a whimsical Victorian play.