Things are generally going well with the ducklings (aside from a few tiny instances of the Golden Child being a total jackass). They are very different personalities and also very different in their work styles, both of which are causing me to have to adapt. Needless to say, I’m learning quite a lot from that, and I think I’m actually starting to get the hang of changing my style to help them as much as possible.
Duckling 2 walked up to me the other day and said, “LJ, what are we going to do when you leave? You’re like the lab mom. You know how to do everything, and you know where everything is. What are we going to do without you???”
Excuse me while I have a teeny tiny moment of arrogance, but she’s right. There’s not a protocol done by anyone in our lab that I can’t do with my eyes closed. The only reagents and supplies I can’t find are the ones we’re out of. Heck, I even know where to find secret stashes of important stuff. I know when we’re running low on something, even if I haven’t been using it.
Thinking about Duckling 2’s comment really made me feel pretty darn good. I realized that maybe I am actually pretty good at this whole science thing. It also made me feel like I’m approaching to point of being ready and able to move on. Now I have a little tiny flicker of a flame telling me that maybe I really have learned a lot here, and maybe I really will be ready to go forward soon to learn new things
and force other labs to bow to my will. Maybe, just maybe I am finally getting the hang of this!