A few weeks ago, Charlotte was pestering me about taking her girl scout cookie order sheet to work. I generally shy away from that because I think its obnoxious for the boss to bring anything that makes the staff feel obligated, and besides, it’s Charlotte’s job to do.
That morning, she was exceptionally persistent. I couldn’t lie to her and so I told her the truth: “I can’t bring them to work, because I don’t have a job.”
She was very upset, no doubt imagining the worst possible outcome. I assured her that we would be OK. We have severance, and we saved a lot of money, etc… By the time she came home from school, she was fine.
Well, it’s been a whirlwind since. I was contacted almost immediately by a person in Salt Lake City who has wanted me to join his company. After some phone calls, some interviews, and some negotiating, I have a job again and will start on Monday the 14th (Happy Valentine’s day!)
Charlotte was thrilled when I told her I had a job, even though it requires a move. We told her she has to learn how to ski. She replied, “Good, I don’t have to take surfing lessons!” (As soon as the kids were old enough, I was planning to to put this in surf camp out at Tybee Island. Not sure why she was not looking forward to that, but at least she is looking forward to ski lessons.)
In the movie The Fox and Hound, there comes a point where the fox needs to move away from the family of hounds. Jonathan’s first grade class was watching the Disney classic last week, and when it came to that emotionally climatic point, Jonathan ran to the class corner crying. He explained to the teacher that he was going to move and he was going to miss all his friends in Savannah.
We held Jonathan’s IEP yesterday. I usually hate these as they are undeniable reminders that Jonathan is behind his peers, something I don’t really think about on a daily basis. But, this one was different. Jonathan is doing so well. He is certainly behind in some areas but he is showing so much progress in readin’, ‘ritin’, and ‘rithmitic that you can’t help but celebrate.
To Jonathan’s team of teachers and therapists: you are the greatest! We are so blessed to have you working with Jonathan. It might not be too late you arrange for you to move as part of my relocation benefit.
Please leave a comment if you are from the SLC area and can help guide us to certain schools, neighborhoods. Jonathan is thriving in full inclusion with a para-pro helping and we are hoping to put the same formula in place there.
Sorry for not blogging and letting you know what’s been going on with Jonathan and Deedah. We had such an October with Buddy Walk and all, that we took a deep breath and fell out of the habit of blogging. December was packed with parties and friends–too busy. Then the whole job change thing… excuses, excuses. We promise to keep you up to date as we go through our next big adventure.
We are nervous about the move. Brooke and I have both lived out West–we met in Reno. We are looking forward to the skiing and camping and wide open spaces. (I keep threatening to buy Wranglers and dust off my cowboy boots–Brooke hates that! It’s gonna happen.)
This is the first time we have moved with the kids while they are at an age where they have some hooks. They were so young when we moved to Savannah that it was no big deal. It helped immensely that Savannah is such a welcoming place and the neighborhood was packed with kids. Salt Lake City is known to be a great place to raise a family, but there is no denying it is a different culture.
We are now swamped with the chores required to get the house ready to show. We took down the “wall of fame” today to prepare for painting. (You might recall that this is where the Deedah film starts, with the kids looking at the pictures.) It is all a bit surreal.