I really respect Maria and think the world of her. We’ve worked together a really long time, but sometimes she gets a little pushy and forgets who pays the bills around here and who’s the final decision maker. When I heard about her making fun of that young/old couple, that was the last straw for me. I had to lay down the law about her being so rude to my couples. When I went to talk to her, I wasn’t expecting it to go where it went. It kind of escalated and we’ve both got type-A personalities and we’re stubborn, which is probably why we work so well together 99.9% of the time, but when she pushed, I shoved back whole heartedly. After the incident, I thought about it for a while and I felt bad it had gotten to that point. I knew I would probably go to her and try to work things out, if she would even come back at that point. I regret some of the things I said. I was kind of nasty.
She wouldn’t have been here this long if she wasn’t really, really good at what she does and she’s good with people, I just have to reel her in sometimes. She treats everyone like they’re her best friends, thinking she can say or do whatever she wants and she needs to be more professional sometimes. She’s been with me a long time, and I don’t really want to look for anyone else, because we kind of know what each other’s thinking and what each other wants. Hopefully, she’ll forgive me, but she’s got to understand she cannot make fun of couples, because I will go there again with her. She wasn’t the first person I fired, but she’s one that I have regretted because I do like her so much. I consider her family, but I wouldn’t want her to know that.