Oh, ho! The pixies at the Daily Post have been eavesdropping at my house.
Is ‘eavesdropping’ even a thing anymore? No one does that, right? We simply tap into a satellite, hack the GPS on your phone, or wiretap or somesuch.
But I digress. Here’s what they asked:
Unexpectedly, you lose your job. (Or a loved one. Or something or someone important to you.) What do you do next?
As I’ve mentioned before, I am seeking employment at this time; the end of the previous was not exactly unexpected. I had hoped/assumed that, based on the glowing commentary from colleagues and others there that I would be picked up for another contract in another department perhaps. However, all my efforts were met by the void of the “thanks but no thanks” letter/email. But ultimately it’s the best thing that could have happened.
I have mentioned before that my son was a preemie; I went back to work while he was still in hospital as a newborn (after all, there was little I could do for him–he was in the NICU incubator and I could not take him out even to hold him). I worked full-time through his infancy, except for about a month that I took off from work when he came home from hospital and then for a short time at per diem work. Then it was full-time, full-tilt all through. I worked through his diagnosis with Pervasive Developmental Disorder and his time in Early Intervention programs and private preschool. I took a week off to handle arrangements when his father/my first husband died right before his fourth birthday, and then it was back to full-time, full-tilt. I worked through a move from one state to another not long after that. I worked full-time whilst obtaining my doctorate. I worked full-time through a move cross-country. I had not stopped really in his 18 years.
But then this happened.
My son was approved for our local Regional Center program right around his 18th birthday this past spring and so having the summer and fall available allowed me to be an actual part of his life for the first time since his birth.
So to answer the question “What do you do next?” I have to say, I live in the experience and await the Lord’s next direction.
And there you have it.