Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Our Working Life

So, I quit my summer job today. Entirely leaving out the fact that, from the beginning, I thought I was making a mistake, things turned out to be far, far worse than I ever expected. Making a long story short, I got dumped into a classroom with 32 2nd graders and eaten alive. I've never imagined 7-year olds who would actually say to an adult, "Whatever. I don't care what you're doing." They were considerably more interested in sitting in the room and fighting with each other instead of singing songs and playing games. It's sad. One day was enough for me.

It's very funny, in an ironic sort of way, that I've been so darn correct in 99.9% of my instincts. When I don't listen to them, I get in trouble. Of course, when I >do< listen to them, I get in trouble, because many people find it threatening. But, I digress.

I had a very interesting series of conversations with my wife over the past couple of days, stemming from Friday afternoon's almost-meltdown after the extent of my mistake because known to me. What's interesting is how, at this point, I'm not upset or angry about our lack of job right now. In past years, I'd be entirely freaked out about the lack of a job and interviews right now. I'm not.

Much of it is because we're not under the gun of a mortgage, cable, internet, telephone, cellular phone, et al. We've already lost most of that.

Some of it is because I'm becoming more and more convinced that G-d is offering us the opportunity to be together as a family for a magical summer. We've been given memberships to the JCC's Family Park, the Zoo & Aquarium, and the water park Sandcastle. We've had a great time so far this summer, and having another four weeks of this without that crappy job is a rich and wonderful opportunity.

The rest is because most of my jobs have been end-of-August, beginning-of-September jobs. Someone will need a music teacher during that time, and we'll be the best players left on the board.

It's odd being the non-pessimistic one in the family right now, at least jobs-wise. It's not my usual role. I'm a very pessimistic person - well, prepare for the worst, hope for the best. The Wife is very discouraged about the job market right now. I'm not so much.

We'll see what happens.

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