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Me and My Shadow

shadow-1548362Recently at work, I emailed an interpreter to say I’d  be shadowing her. Almost immediately I saw the flashing red light on my Blackberry:  “You’re shadowing me?  I think I’m nervous!” Really?!  Who’s nervous about lil’ ole’ me shadowing her work? Oh, OK. So, just ’cause I’m a good sport, and wouldn’t ask anyone to do something I wouldn’t do myself, I offered, “How about if we shadow each other?  It’ll be fun!” I never heard back, and I put the shadowing date on our calendars.

Why was this seasoned interpreter nervous to be shadowed by me? I started to get nervous myself. Is there something that should make me nervous about being shadowed that I don’t know about yet? Continue reading “Me and My Shadow”