Hindsight 20/20

Dee found it hard to believe how easy it was to dissolve a business that had taken her 40 years to build.

The move to the uptown location had been too pricey, and the timing of the market crash hadn’t helped.

Dee sat in the empty board room.

She grimaced as she looked at the pathetic arrangement of flowers sent by her biggest competitor, and cried as she gazed at the smaller arrangement sent by her “loyal” secretary, who had been with her from the start.

Good employees were hard to find.

Dee should have been less trusting.


photo credit  Dale Rogerson

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About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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13 Responses to Hindsight 20/20

  1. gahlearner says:

    Loyalty is difficult for employees and employers. If conditions are better elsewhere, why should an employee stay who hasn’t some investment, emotional or otherwise, in the business? Good story, I hope she can retire in some comfort after fourty years.


  2. A sad but all too true story.


  3. granonine says:

    Cutthroat world out there. I hope she can look forward to a pleasant new beginning–maybe by retiring 🙂

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  4. They say it’s a dog-eat-dog world. I guess she’s found it so. Now to pick up the pieces and move on without becoming bitter and nasty herself.
    Good and unusual take on the prompt.

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  5. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    What a crushing blow for Ruth. This was a very creative take on the prompt.

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    It’s sad that to succeed in business these days you have to adopt the attic of trusting no one. What a world we live in. Nice take.

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  7. Varad says:

    If you don’t know whom to trust, you don’t deserve to be in business. That’s my mantra. Better, don’t trust anyone. They might call you names, but hey, that’s just a small price for success. Well written, Ruth. Felt like shouting at Dee for her blunder.

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  8. Moon says:

    It must be devastating to be betrayed by someone she trusted so much .
    Very well written, Ruth.

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  9. Dale says:

    Slice of life… not always easy, to be sure!

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  10. Ah! How sad, but that’s life I guess! Lovely take on the prompt, Ruth!

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  11. Very touching, Ruth.

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