Today I decided I would dress nicely instead of in the universal mummy uniform of jeans, tee and comfy-can-run-after-toddler-for-miles shoes. So today I put on a nice dress with a diamante buckle, put on a matching necklace, wore this pair of quilted shoes I got from Zara that reminds me so much of other lovely quilted things with interlocking C's logo and my nice bag.
Just taking that extra trouble meant I looked more Yummy Mummy than Slummy Mummy. I looked more like one of those mums who had an army of nannies at her disposal and could afford time to look chic when in truth, I'm your everyday vanilla mum who has to juggle housework, paperwork, grocery shopping, cooking, toddler care and hubby care everyday.
Did it pay off?
We ran into my ex-boss. The one who spends his whole day doing god knows what and then calls for a team meeting at 4:30pm and stretch it till 6:30pm with a last-minute assignment to be handed in at 9am the next morning. The one who thinks he's a great example to all employees because he works till 9pm daily, comes in full day on Saturdays and half day on Sundays (No, it just shows you have no idea how to prioritise and have no life). The one who for some odd reason, enjoys going to interviews at other firms and accepting their offer of employment while still remaining employed at his current firm.
I am so happy I looked like I was the leisurely expat wife who spent her days going for cocktail lunches and manicures even if nothing could be further from the truth. If I had turned up in my usual mummy uniform, he would have probably said something smug to me about my being unemployed. As it was, he and his Toady actually pretended they didn't see me. This must be good because he only ever talks to people he feels superior to.