It turned out to be a life-changing event, although I didn’t realize it at the time, sitting in that dingy office, squinting in concentration at the raven haired woman opposite me. How could I have known then, that my whole future would be determined in the space of half an hour?
I wanted the job, needed it badly in fact, but the interview seemed to be lasting an eternity and I was becoming more and more flustered. I had been working as an au pair since my arrival in France 10 months previously, but I knew that I could not realistically continue that for much longer. The rumble of displeasure across the channel from my parents about my lack of job prospects was becoming thunderous, and even I understood that if I found nothing here, I would eventually have to return to England to look for work.
I had signed up at the local job centre a few weeks previously, but the Alps hardly constituted Silicon Valley, and I had begun to feel that I had more chance of finding gold in these mountains than a career. If I didn’t get this job, I would be on the next coach back to the UK, I thought. I didn’t want to leave – I had fought to make France my home and I had come to love the area, as well as the French and their strange ways.
And of course, I would have to say a permanent adieu to my amoureux. I’d spent the last few months convincing myself that I didn’t really care about the fun-loving, affectionate farmer that I’d met upon my arrival in France. I thought it would be easy to say au revoir and leave without a backward glance. But as my departure become unavoidable, I realized that abandoning him would be the hardest thing of all.
The boss’s wife pushed a pen and paper across the desk towards me and started to dictate a letter in French. She was in charge of recruitment and the company needed a bilingual secretary. Please let me get the job, I thought, I can’t go back to the UK, not now!
As she showed me out, her face gave away no hint of my success or lack of it. I would hear from them within a few days she said. In the end, I didn’t have to wait long. The call came that evening – I had got the job. My fate in France was sealed.
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