The Temp

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“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. 

  1. I will be able to help out a friend and school I admire.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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