Some jobs require patience, others, quick thinking. Some must have creativity while others seem to demand a stifling of it. Some mean you must deal with people constantly, while others will have you talking to yourself in the silence.
The work of a bookstore clerk will probably fall into all of these categories in the space of one day.
8:00 a.m. – Arrive at Herald and Banner Bookstore, clock in, hang up coat, straighten store.
8:30 a.m. – Turn on computers, open blinds, start music, turn on bookshelf lights.
8:45 a.m. – Prayer time.
9:00 a.m. – Turn on main lights, open doors, wait for customers while restocking shelves, straightening counter, and thinking of more to do.
10:17 a.m. – Other clerk takes bathroom break, phone immediately rings and three customers walk in. Find two books, explain new study Bible, point customer toward novelty section, take order for three music CDs that “must be in by Sunday.” Customers leave satisfied. Other clerk returns.
11:00 a.m. – Shipment arrives. Check in new books and music, and remember all about them for customers.
11:05 a.m. – Customer enters with resigned, “I’d bet you don’t have . . .”
11:09 a.m. – Find book. Customer leaves pleased. Return to checking in new inventory.
12:00 a.m. – Lunch time!
12:59 a.m. – Walk in just in time to hear about customer’s new grandbaby. Sell photo book and congratulations card.
2:15 p.m. – Long-time customer enters, relates urgent prayer request. Some prayers will not wait for the morning gathering.
3:00 p.m. – Shipment arrives from different carrier. More to check in.
4:15 p.m. – Complete shipment check-in.
4:56 p.m. – Welcome college-age part-timer. Find out how school is going.
5:00 p.m. – Clock out, pick up coat, say goodnight!