The airlines have a strict rule about not showing up for a flight as a Stewardess/ Flight Attendant! A "No-Show" would be subject to termination! Keep this in mind as I tell you this tale!
I was living in Ypsilanti, Michigan- about a 30 minute drive to the airport. I was flying early morning one or two day trips, and was used to leaving my apartment when it was still dark outside!
On this particular morning I woke to the sun in my face! What!!?? I jumped from bed and looked at my electric alarm clock. It was blank- meaning we had lost power. In fact- all the clocks were blank! No electricity. I grabbed the phone. No phone service! I was in a panic! Oh No! I had overslept! And no way to call Crew Scheduling!
Jumping into my uniform, grabbing my makeup bag- I raced out of the apartment to my car. I remember my heart pounding in my throat! I could only pray- "Please God- No!"
Along the way I found a pay phone! I think I dropped the change 2 or 3 times before I got my nerves under control. I got ahold of scheduling to find out my trip had indeed left, with them having to call out a reserve. I needed to call my Supervisor!
Now I knew- I was going to be fired! I called Marlyn Main- the base Supervisor. When she answered the phone I know I was crying.. Between sobs I said I just called to say goodbye! She asked what happened! I told her about the power outage, the phone being out, and how sorry I was to loose my job- saying all this between sobs.
Marlyn Main was quiet for a moment- then said words I'll never forget!
"Take today off, without pay. The company believes you can be rehabilitated! Start fresh on your next flight. And Marcy? Buy yourself a wind up alarm clock!"
After hanging up I stood for a full moment, staring at the phone in my hand! The relief was overwhelming! I think it took another hour for my heart rate to return to normal. And about that long to stop crying- this time from relief!
About an hour after I returned home the electricity and phone came back on!
For some reason I was always tongue tied around Marlyn Main. She had a commanding presence about her. But she was fair and compassionate. I spent the rest of my career forever grateful for her kindness and understanding!
Life Is Indeed An Adventure! And Some Of Those Difficult Moments Remain In Our Memories As A Reminder Of Kindness Shown By Another!