Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Leaving the Nest
Yesterday as I was leaving work, the preschool director asked if we could talk for a couple of minutes. She started the conversation by saying "I have some bad news". The word on the street was that preschool enrollment for next year was down, so I braced myself, figuring that she was going to tell me I wouldn't have a job after the end of this year. However, when she told me that they didn't need me any more as of today, I was shocked! I wasn't the only one getting a pink slip. Every classroom that had two assistants was losing one, and several non-classroom positions were being eliminated. Even the after-hours cleaning lady was going!
I managed to hold it together during our brief conversation, but the rest of the day I alternated between being angry, sad, and even a bit excited. I'm fortunate that we don't have to rely on my earnings for everyday living expenses, so I can take my time and figure out what type of job I want. Just like the mother bird who practices tough love so her babies will learn how to fly, this might be a much-needed positive kick in the pants.
The last time I was laid off from a job was 30 ago, when I was in college. The place I worked was bought by a new company, whose first order of business was replacing the entire staff. However, that dismissal set off a chain of events that led to meeting Hubby Tony. I know something good will happen this time too. I just have to wait and find out what it is.