Two years ago I lost my job. I am a teacher, and the district I was working for at the time had budget cuts. Unfortunately, I was at the bottom of the totem pole, and let go. I took that as a sign that I needed to stay home with my then 2 year old. It was time for us to bond.
I stayed home for a year. During that year, I hunted and begged for someone to give me a job. Being a Stay-At- Home Mom just isn’t my thing. I applaud anyone who can make it more than a year. It is tough work.
Luckily, I was offered a new job right before school started. A sense of excitement with a pinch of reluctance has taken over. For a year, I was on my own schedule. I could run errands when I wanted. I could make doctor appointments for any time during the day. I could go up to my son’s school and eat lunch, help out in the classroom, do the class party thing, or help out on field trips. At the end of the day, it was early enough to help with the homework, cook dinner, and go to the gym.
No more… we leave the house at 6:15 every morning and I don’t get home until after 5:00. By the time I walk in the door, I am too tired to cook, do homework, play, or workout. I can’t just go on field trips or doctor appointments any more. I have to schedule everything out and plan. I have been so used to doing my own thing, that I have to get back in the mindset of being a career person.
I am back to being tired all the time. I am back to having aching feet and a never ending aching head. I feel like there is way too much to do and absolutely no time to do it in.
I didn’t know that starting back was going to be so hard. Luckily, I have a jacuzzi tub and a never ending supply of wine. I can relax before I go to bed at … 8:00.
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