“I am a full-time mother and a part-time actress.” - Valerie Bertelli
Well, I have news. I am employed. Okay, before you get too excited about my new situation, I better explain.
Last week, my little son’s preschool director contacted me. She informed my that a teacher in the three-year old classroom was having a personal emergency. The director asked I would be willing to fill in the classroom for a few weeks, until a replacement teacher could be found.
When I received this request, I had to read the email twice. I wasn’t sure what the director wanted from me. I wondered if she forgot about how I care for my Little Guy full-time. No, she did not forget. What she suggested was for me to drop him off in his classroom (pre-K) and then walk across the hall to the three-year old room.
Before I made my decision, I phoned my husband.
“Hi Honey. It’s me. I have some news to talk about.” – Me
“Okay. What is it?” – Husband
“Bertha (fake name) phoned and was wondering if I would be willing to fill for a few weeks at her school. One of the teachers is out on personal emergency and she needs the help. What do you think?” – Me
“Wow. Working in a classroom? What age of the children will you work with? What about the Little Guy? Will he be in your class? Do you get paid?” – Husband
I told my husband it was a temp job. If I accepted it, I would be getting paid. I also told him I would be working with the little kids, in the other preschool class.
I have never had a temp job before. I did go to a temp agency in college. but ended up finding a permanent job instead. Temporary work has a shelf life. It means I would only be filling in the position, until the permanent person is hired.
After talking it over with my husband, we both agreed taking the temp job would be a good thing. If you recall, just a week ago someone mentioned I would not be able to get employment. Well, the director at the preschool LOVES my blog. Hmph. I certainly proved the ‘no-work because I write a blog’ theory wrong.
Taking the temp job is a good idea for a lot of reasons.
- I will be able to help out a friend and school I admire.
- I will be getting paid. I have no idea how much I will get paid. But to be honest, it does not matter. If I make enough to buy a burrito for lunch, I will be happy.
- I will be able to put a work reference on a résumé. This is a biggie. The last paid employment I had, was over five years ago. Now, even if I only work for two weeks it is something.
I accepted the position, as a temporary, preschool, assistant teacher. I have worked two days so far. I am absolutely exhausted. The teachers I work with are amazing and very inspiring. They are very skilled, patient and have endless energy. I feel like I am in a refresher course for child development. I am very rusty with my teaching skills.
I am not sure how long the temp job will be. The director mentioned the teacher experiencing the emergency, may be returning as soon as next week. No matter. It is only a temp position. But you know what, it is all good.
What does this mean to all you and the blog? It may mean I’ll be writing a few less blogs during the week. But not to worry, blogging will be back in full force soon.
Remember, the new job in only temporary. Motherhood is permanent.
- Another Temp Interview (debbiesdesk.com)