Twenty-four years ago today
Ha! You thought I was going to talk about a wedding anniversary. Nope.
Twenty-four years ago today I started my career at Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group in southern California.
I was a young, single mother of two and was lucky if I was earning $20,000 a year. I ended up staying with Pepsi (in various locations and franchises) for twelve years. I’ve never worked so long for one company since. Nor have I had a relationship with one person last as long. Weird, but still okay.
I don’t know why I thought of this today, but every August 22nd it crosses my mind. It was a great starting point for me and my manager at the time taught me some very good work ethics that still serve me well today. Things like being proactive. Thinking ahead. That time was also when I first started becoming quite computer savvy. Learning spreadsheets with Visicalc. Anyone remember that? And DOS. And fax machines that were as large as the top of a filing cabinet.
My kids grew up wearing and using all sorts of Pepsi paraphanalia. I was even working at the bottling plant when the white lab guys from Somers, NY came out to line test Slice before it was called Slice. I remember my friend and I cracking up and making jokes about the name. We thought it was dumb.
Pepsi was a big part of my life then and part of raising my daughters. I will be forever grateful for the start that company – and particularly that plant manager – gave me. I got to manage the installation of a new phone system and the training that went with it. I got to plan company picnics and holiday Santa events with toys for all the employees kids. This included shopping for toys using a company spending account. How cool is that?
Since then, a lot has changed. I’ve moved, my jobs have changed and grown, as well as my skills and income. My daughters are grown and having their own children (and thankfully not raising them alone.)
I’m not in a melancholy, retrospective mood, just a quick look back. I think it’s always good to review and reassess and appreciate what brings us to who and where we are today.
I’m grateful for today.