Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My Turn, finally

by Marshfield Manor's nosy assistant, Frances

Nosy? Hardly! That's that darned author talking again. How dare she characterize me as nosy! And that book she wrote that's titled Grace Under Pressure? Should have been called Frances Under Pressure. Somebody around here needs to keep her eye on things and that somebody just happens to be me. That new girl, Grace Wheaton, is in over her head if you want my opinion. She started here just a few months ago working for Abe (God rest his soul) and now she believes she runs Marshfield Manor.


Okay, yes, I do understand that technically she is in charge. That's only because The Mister has been bamboozled by her, and whatever The Mister wants he gets. But is she the best choice for the job? Pheh! I don't think so.

Who do you think really ran the place when Abe was alive? Me, that's who. For decades. I know everything that goes on here. I know precisely what needs to be done every single day, every single minute. But does Grace ever say "Thank you, Frances?" No.

Well, not nearly enough.

Abe was getting up there in years and he let me run things the way they should be run. He understood that I knew exactly what I was doing. That made him easy to work with. This Grace... she's a real pill. She has opinions about what needs to be done. Opinions she forms without consulting me! Foolish girl.


Now don't you be thinking that when Abe got killed I wanted his job. No way. I'm perfectly content in my role as assistant. But this Grace has it in her head to upgrade Marshfield Manor. She wants the staff to start using computers and email. Fine. I'll learn, but would it kill her to show a little appreciation for all I do around here without being asked?

That girl is trouble. I can see it in the way she protects her personal life from me. But I do have to give her a little credit. She's getting involved in figuring out who might have killed Abe. That's a good start. Now, if she bothers to ask me for help we might be able to find some common ground. But I doubt she will.

Hmph...

15 comments:

  1. Well, Miss Frances...you have enticed me to order this book right away!!! Then we'll talk!

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  2. Miss Frances, I bet you feel that the new kid on the block is trying to usurps you; perhaps if you both talk to each other, then you can come to a compromise.

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  3. Good morning, Nanc. I hope you won't mind a little advice. When you read the book, you be sure to pay the most attention to the scenes I'm in. There aren't nearly enough of them, of course, but I want you to understand the important role I play. Don't tell Grace, but I'm even in some of the scenes where you can''t see me. I learn a lot by listening behind doors!

    Hello Dru. I think you and I would get along very well because that was exactly my plan when Grace first started here. I tried talking to that girl. Every single time she was going wrong, I let her know. She just doesn't ever value my input. And that landscape fellow Jack? She's sweet on him but he's trouble. I tried to tell her that too. But does she listen? No. She just doesn't appreciate me!

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  4. Frances, you know you're a doggie. 'Fess up!
    ~Avery

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  5. Frances, it sounds like the buck stops with you! You are an amazing multi-tasker...I hope Grace comes to realize what a gem you are. It may be time to have a heart to heart talk with her.

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  6. Doggie? What are you trying to imply, Ms. Aames? Is that one of those new slang terms you young folk use? What does that mean? There are no dogs at Marshfield Manor. Certainly not. Whatever you meant, don't bother to explain. You must be one of Grace's friends. You are, aren't you? Your turn to 'fess up, missy!

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  7. Thank you Mary Kennedy! So nice to make your acquaintance here. You are just the voice of reason. I have been trying to talk to Grace, but she obstinately refuses to take my advice. Next time she's here maybe you can set her straight? Much appreciated.

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  8. So, Frances.... You are the real boss? Then I would love to know when you will be releasing the next book elucidating your adventures with the new girl.

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  9. Oh NoraA, I like you! You understand completely.
    The next book is just about finished... and I think the author really "got it" this time because I play a much bigger, much more important role in this installment. I get to actually put my considerable skills and talents to good use. Finally!
    I think the book comes out next June, but no one has told me yet. I'll keep on top of this and announce it here the moment I find out!

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  10. Hi Frances,

    One of the things I've learned in my job as a school psychologist is that sometimes you just have to let people make their own mistakes. That's how they learn best. I hope you and Grace find some common ground and can become friends.

    Skye

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  11. You know it, Skye! Thanks for chiming in and proving my point. Grace had better learn from her mistakes. She's certainly making enough of them.

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  12. Frances,my iPhone auto-changed that word. You are not a doggie, you are a softie. Sorry!!!
    ~Avery

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  13. See... see, Avery! It's that darned technology. Why on earth should I learn something that's so unreliable? Hmm?

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  14. Frances, you are a gem.
    Grace needs to learn to trust you. Just give her a little time, she's young.
    I think both race and the Mister know your heart is in the right place.

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  15. Thank you, Annette. You're very right. She does need to learn to trust me. I keep telling her I'm right... maybe one of these days it will finally sink in!

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