After 7 years of being a stay at home mom, I am now gainfully employed. I have a position as a teacher in a preschool program at a local church. Princess Blondie went to preschool there last year. At the graduation ceremony at the end of the year, I told her teacher that I would be looking for work in the fall, and to let me know if she would need any additional help. Well, she let me know. They have added another class this year. What can I say, it truly is all about networking and who you know. All I know is that I thank my lucky stars I don't have to go on a job hunt and that I already love the people that I will work with.
I am also incredibly nervous. I go between bouts of "I can do this. It's only preschool. I graduated at the top of my class for this very purpose. I know what I'm doing," to "Holy cow, I'm so nervous. What if a parent yells at me? What if a kid pukes all over my room, or worse yet, all over me? What if I forget everything I ever learned? What if the kids stage a coup and take over the room? Will I ever get a handle on that copy machine?"
In addition to being somewhere on the nervous/confident spectrum, I am definitely excited. Finally, I can put my degree to good use. I am passionate about giving kids a quality preschool experience. Also, I will be able to make payments on my own student loans and DH won't have to. I can pay for karate lessons and gymnastics class (for the kiddos, most definitely not for me).
I only work part time so I can still babysit for my sister when she works. I can still volunteer in the kids school (that's how I keep tabs on what's really going on). I can drive them around to karate and gymnastics and Scouts and be home to get them on and off the bus.
I'm beginning to feel exhausted just reading all of that. On top of it all, DH is leaving for tech school in two weeks. He will be gone for about 2 months. I'm not super excited about that, but it is what it is.
The preschool meet and greet is tonight. Wish me luck!