I am jobless. Like a zillion other people. Only, it's by choice...sorta.
My job was perfect. I job shared my job as a teacher's aide, in the grade school about 2 blocks from my house. I really loved my job. It was perfect. I worked two days a week, just enough to make me have a purpose, but not so much that I had no time for creative endeavors, or travel.
Well, in the last 3 or so years, I've had to re-convince the ever changing 'powers that be' how 'modern' and 'sensible' job sharing is. This year, my convincing was for naught. There was no 'position' that would support job sharing, so my counterpart and I were offered part time positions, opposite each other. That's just NOT going to work. Apparently, the children who require a one on one aide only ever encounter one person in their lives, so there is no way it could POSSIBLY work to have two assigned to the same kid. Right.
I resigned. I'm done fighting. They won. Not really, because they will realize all the extra things I did. The ~ hey, will you cover this? can you sub here? Could you write this? Not to mention all the free artwork and other crap they got out of me, and be sorry. Won't they? Well, they SHOULD....
I'm really not too upset about it, a little bummed, but maybe it was time. I did toy with the idea of resigning last spring, but honestly felt like I needed something to do. I am hoping to sub, I know there are at least 3 or 4 teachers who have and will request me. With that said, I will get to see my fave kiddies, and friends. And on the upside, I can travel whenever I like, sleep 'til noon if I want, stay in my pajamas on really cruddy days, play at whatever arty thing that peaks my interest, be a 'lady who lunches' you know, all those things that seem like perfect ideas whenever you are at work.
So, I'm planning a couple trips this fall for starters. And, am really kind of relieved that I don't have to start school in less than two weeks. So there.
2 years ago