Summer time around here is awesome! I love my job because it gives me the summers off with the kids. Well, until now that is. They “eliminated” my position at the high school I work at because half of the student body will be going to the brand new high school in the fall. Fewer students eliminates the need for an athletic secretary apparently. I don’t understand it but who am I to say anything? Anyway…I’m no longer a Bengal. I’ll be a Redhawk come the beginning of the new school year in the fall on August 20th. Which is technically still summer, but whatever. I’ll be the athletic secretary at the new high school.
Wait…what? Yes, that’s right. They eliminated my position at one high school because of the small student body only to give me the same position at the new high school who will have the same size student body. I try not to think about it too much. It makes my head hurt. I’m thankful that I’ll be doing the same thing though. At least I won’t have to learn anything new. And I do enjoy my job. So that’s a plus. The down side to helping open a new school is additional responsibilities. They can’t fully stock faculty and staff until the student body increases. Therefore I will have not only one responsibility but two at my new post. I’ll be the athletic secretary and the public relations person. I don’t even know the proper name for it. But it makes me sound important. I’m actually really looking forward to working at the new school. I loved working at BHS! Great people, fun working environment! Even though it was all those things, after five years a change of scenery will be nice and refreshing.
The one down side is I’ll have less time off in the summer. The up side is I’ll get paid a little more. In the school district you work by days. The students attend school for 180 days. Teachers work 190 days. The rest of the staff works anywhere from 180 days to year round. At BHS I was 185 days. That was absolutely perfect for us. I worked five days before school started and then I was on the exact schedule the kids are on. It’s the best of both worlds really. I was a working mom when the kids were in school and a stay at home mom when they were out of school. Best. Job. Ever.
Well, when I met at the new school about my job there (when the ‘let me go’ at BHS I was guaranteed a position at the new school) I was asked to work 215. That was a tough decision. I absolutely adore my time with my kids when they aren’t in school. I love being a housewife and taking care of our home and family while my husband works. The schedule was perfect for our family. The money was enough. Now they are asking me to give up a lot of that time with my family. I was torn because I knew the extra days meant extra money. Of course the extra money would be nice. But was I willing to give up precious time with my kids in exchange for that? Money is a necessity to live I know. We were living just fine on what I was contributing to the household income. We’re not rich by any American standard, but we’re filthy rich by the majority of other countries around the world. And we’re stinkin’ filthy rich by our standards. Money isn’t everything you know and in our house you don’t need money to be rich. After much thought we decided that working 215 days of the year won’t be that bad. I’ll still have the major holidays the kids get such as Winter Break and Spring Break. And I’ll still have about a month off during the summer. Sometimes I feel kinda bad for complaining about only having “about a month off during the summer”.
But I can’t help it that you didn’t get a job in the school district, that’s your fault. Everyone should have a month off in the summer!
So this is my last real summer with the kids. I’m attempting to savor every minute of it. The first week was crammed with physical therapy for me, cleaning the house, and not much fun stuff. The second week wasn’t fun either because Emma decided that would be a great time to contract Strep Throat. I mean really, she’s around 100 plus kids for 180 days of the year and stays perfectly healthy (not counting a broken arm and a cat trying to scratch her eyeball out but let’s not get technical about it). She’s home for a week with her family and gets Strep Throat. How does that even happen? Once the fever finally went away we went swimming one day and headed to the zoo another. Which by the way, if you want to go see the new Komodo Dragons at Riverbanks, keep your expectations low. They’re cool and all but look like over-sized yard lizards. Not hideous and terrifying like I was hoping for. Maybe in a few years.
Gary and I are planning some awesome adventures for ourselves and the kids this summer. More swimming for sure. Definitely more trips to the zoo (maybe the dumb Komodo Dragons will grow fast). A few trips to the museum are in order as well. We’ll be hitting the nature scene a lot this summer too! I guess geocaching has given us a new appreciation of the outdoors.
Do you get much time off work in the summer? Maybe you’re a stay at home mom. What adventures are you planning for this summer? We need some new ideas!
Now get out there and have an adventure!!