Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I almost went an entire year without a job - but finally got hired in a very part-time position, just 2 days shy of my one year anniversary since losing my Preschool Director job. I applied for everything I could think of, starting within the child development field and then branching out. I even applied to be a census taker, and literally ACED their stupid exam, but they never called me back. That's when I began considering a life of crime. OK maybe not quite, but I understood every nuance in the term 'desperate for a job'!
So, for two hours a day I work in a field I never imagined I would even seek out. Not that it is 'beneath me'....I just wanted something a little more fulfilling, with a more substantial paycheck.
I started work yesterday.....
As I stood on the street corner for my first shift, I nervously scanned passing cars, deliberately making eye contact with certain drivers.
I thought this would be easy, but there really is a lot to consider.
I wondered if I was dressed appropriately.
And did I bring enough protection?
Hmmm, yep, this should do it. LOL
I'm a CROSSING GUARD, gutter mind! What did you think I was talking about?????
Unfortunately the job will only last about 6 weeks before school is out for the summer, and then I should be able to work another 6 weeks or so before the baby is born. If they will let me WEAR the baby in a sling while I work, I will continue to work after he arrives, but otherwise, that's all she wrote. For awhile.
And then I will have to either find a work-from-home option, or will continue looking for preschool jobs, narrowing my search to programs with on-site infant care so I can take little Thomas to work with me.
I can't imagine leaving an infant in the care of strangers while I go to work - unless I happen to be working in the next ROOM, and can nurse him on my breaks, etc.
I always managed to stay home with my babies until they were at least walking and talking, and then always took them to work WITH me. That's actually how I got into the child development field! I took my kids to preschool and they left me there. But I do love it! I actually miss the classroom, and am hoping to be able to teach three-year-olds again someday.
In the meantime, I will be out there on the street corner for an hour every morning and an hour every afternoon, squeaking out a little spending money. And I will definitely be taking NAPS in between, on a regular basis. :)