I have so much to talk about I don’t know where to start. Well, this past weekend we burned up I85! First, to Fort Mill, SC (it’s just outside of Charlotte) for the wedding of close friends. Then, to Atlanta for a party celebrating the new career opportunities for my brother, the Lead Strategist for, Red Tails, an upcoming motion picture about the Tuskegee Airmen, and his girlfriend, the new Chief Marketing Officer for BET! I’m so happy for all of them, I can’t even put it into words.
Next, RJ completed his first day of daycare yesterday! Sunday night, I got his bottles and snack ready and laid out his clothes. I was nervous, I didn’t want him to be miserable all day and drive the teachers crazy. I dropped him off on around 1:30pm on my way to work. His teacher, Ms Heather, grabbed him immediately. He just quietly took it all in. Not a tear in sight. I placed his snack and change of clothes in his cubbie, placed his milk and water in the fridge, gave him a kiss and left. We both remained calm, cool, and collected! I didn’t even call to check on him. A few hours later, Hubby went to get him. He said when he arrived, RJ was sitting on the floor playing with a toy and the teachers said he didn’t shed one tear the few hours he was there!!! I couldn’t wait to get home, on my dinner break to see him! My mother-in-law asked if I felt empty when I dropped him off. I didn’t feel empty, I just felt like he was growing up and it came to my mind, that in a few years, he would be going to a “real” school. I’m very happy that his first day went so well. I pray it continues this way.
Last but certainly not least, I love the responses I’ve received from the “Choices” post. Thank you all for sharing your personal thoughts, and struggles with issue of balancing motherhood with careers. As you know, I declined the part-time position because, (1) we can’t afford for me to work part-time (2) if I tried to work the two jobs, I would never see my son or my husband.
Last week, I called the executive director, of the non-profit, I interviewed with, to thank her for considering me for the part-time job and let her know I wouldn’t be able to accept the position. I had to leave a message for her because she was unavailable. I never heard back from her confirming she got my message, so I was going to send a thank you card, stating the same thing. Well, yesterday while at work, I received a call from her. She asked if I was working and when I said I was she asked that I call her back when I had time. Before she got off the phone, I asked if she’d received my message. She proceeded to tell me that she had but she hadn’t returned my call because she had new developments regarding the part-time position. Apparently, the woman who currently holds the program manager position at the center with the part-time opening, expressed a desire to only work part-time, then she took a job outside of the company altogether so her job as program manager was vacant!! The executive director offered me the job over the phone and I accepted!!! It is the same position that I originally applied for but at the location where Hubby and I volunteered for more than a year. So, I’m know my co-manager, I’m familiar with the center an it’s ten minutes from my house!!! I signed my letter of intent and turned in my resignation letter at my current job today! In two weeks, I will be a Program Manager for The Greenville Literacy Association!!!!!! I feel overwhelmingly blessed. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. I look forward spending evenings at home with my family, putting my son to bed, watching tv with my husband at night, being off on major holidays without having use a vacation day. More importantly, I look forward to doing a job that was made for me and that I have a great passion for. I’m taking a pay cut but what I’m gaining outweighs that! Everyday, when I go to work, I will be helping someone get one step closer to getting their GED, or helping someone learn English. After nearly ten years in television news, I’m about to embark on the next phase of my professional career an I’m ready.