a trip to the ER.
I learned this – though thankfully, not recently.
Today, I thought I’d share the main reason why I’m not a fan of knives.
One summer, home from college, I got a job at a cafe/bakery/bagel shop. I was excited to be a hostess/server/barista/food prepper. I knew I’d get lots of experience, and it was just down the road, so I’d be seeing all my friends and neighbors.
My first day was very low-key. I was taken around and shown the ropes. It was a crash course in everything, so I pretty much just watched from the back. It looked easy, and since I’m really good at faking that I know what to do, I figured I’d be fine.
The next day was not as easy as I’d thought. Suddenly I was making espresso, serving customers at their tables, and basically running around like crazy person. I’ve learned that when I get like this, mistakes are made. Big mistakes.
I went to slice a bagel with a very long, sharply serrated knife. I was so smart that I held the bagel in the palm of one hand while slicing back and forth — blade towards me. The bell on the door rang, and I looked up to greet the new customer. And slooosh, I sliced right through the meaty part of my palm. Like it was a stick of melted butter.
(This was seriously my second day of work. I really know how to impress a boss.)
I didn’t scream at the sight of the big pool of blood soaking into the bagel and pooling on the counter. (You have to realize how impressive this is, as I normally hate the sight of blood). I casually grabbed a towel and wrapped it around the wound. And pretended nothing had happened while cleaning up the mess. (I really didn’t want to lose my job.)
It was about 5 minutes later when I passed out on the floor of the shop — towel soaked, that I realized I may have hurt myself more than I thought. The other girl on shift called the owners, and I called my mom.
And I had my first trip to the ER ever in my life. And gained a fear of knives.
The owners kept me on staff (believe it or not) and learned all about the L & I process.
(Really, I was helping them out, actually.)
And they bought one of these: