Saturday, May 26, 2012
Tuesday I will start my last week of work! I can hardly believe that this is happening. I have wanted to be a stay-at-home mom for so long that it doesn't seem real yet. A lot of different things prevented us from financially being able to afford for me to stay at home. Thankfully, the last couple of years things have really fallen in place for us. Between Shaun getting on the fire department, working for his dad, and decent tax returns we have finally paid the majority of our large bills off! We made some decisions that weren't so great when we were first married and I was completing my graduate internship, which paid less than $400 a month! We definitely learned some things from those experiences and will be giving our kids some serious financial advice when they are older.
Last week I said goodbye to most of my co-workers and some of the students. My principal didn't announce to the kids that I was leaving, so a lot don't know. I really wished that it had been announced in some way. In my role as school social worker, I interact with almost all 350 students. A lot of them rely on me when they are in crisis or just need someone to talk to. I am a little worried that someone will need me and become upset when they realize I am gone. I don't know if that is arrogant or not, but I do worry about next year. I was at the school for four years and really built some trusting relationships with students. Who knows, the person that replaces me could be so great that no one even cares that I'm not there anymore!
I will spend next week sorting my files and all of my materials. I have to decide what to keep, throw away, or give away. We don't plan on me going back to work, but you never know so I will probably store most of my good materials. I plan on leaving several files explaining the different events and responsibilities that I am in charge of. When I first started there, I was given an empty file cabinet and a desk! The person that was in my position before me left me nothing! I don't want that for whomever replaces me. It should be an emotional, but hopefully relaxing last week of work!