First of all, I have a work-related plea to all of you parents on Cape Cod. The rest of you can scroll down and skip this if you’d like. I won’t be mad. I’m writing a story for later this week on the state of day care on Cape Cod and I’m trying to find some Cape parents who are struggling to find day care, are fed up with the state voucher system, can no longer afford it, etc. If you’re willing to go on the record, I’d love to ask you some questions and possibly include you in my article. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Now, onto the post…
First of all, thank you to everyone who sent along comments, e-mails and notes of encouragement. It’s still amazing to me that a bunch of people I’ve never met on the Internet can be so helpful and supportive. What can I say? You guys rock.
It’s funny, but I’m really not that freaked out right now. You see I tend to sweat the small stuff. I’m very shortsighted and I can only think about today, while MJ is a big picture kind of gal. MJ is thinking about going down to one income (my measly journalist’s pay), what we have to cut out of our lives, whether or not we can keep the house, possibly selling off one of the cars, using our savings and 401k to float us, etc. She has to come up with a cohesive plan of attack while thinking years down the road. That’s why she’s successful and brilliant, but it’s also why she’s constantly tied up in knots.
I, on the other hand, am completely opposite. I can only see and think about what’s in front of my face. And I knew that MJ was unhappy with her managers and her current position. I knew that the way she was treated by management made her physically ill, and that she’s been much happier and healthier while on leave. So even though it’s a terrible time to look for a new job and the loss of her income will sting deeply, I think this is an opportunity for her to find something better.
And while I’m definitely not some laid back hippie who believes in Karma, I do believe things have a way of working out for the best. We may go through some rough times and things might seem bleak, but in the end we’ll land on our feet.
Because I will do anything to ensure that my family is taken care of. If I have to beg, borrow or steal my son will grow up in a happy home bereft of nothing. You can bet on that.