It’s taken some time for me to accept that perhaps this is where I am meant to be. It is a very bitter pill to swallow, and there are many that think I’m crazy for thinking this. This is not the most metropolitan of areas, although it’s slowly cathing up there (I think we’re within 15 years of catching up to the world), but yet it’s not the smallest either. I can say this much though:
I have a job where I’m liked and respected, and make decent money.
We’re living in a place that is not an apartment, but a real house. True it’s not OUR house, but it’s a step in the right direction. It’s VERY conveniently located for shopping for groceries – you just can’t get any closer – swear.
We have more extra money for things we really want, instead of having to work multiple jobs just in order to make ends meet.
Our vehicle is PAID OFF! Yes, this is a very good thing.
I am very tired of explaining to those who choose not to understand why only one of us works. My wonderful wife has a LOT harder job than I could even dream of having – she stays home and takes care of the kids, all the while, bring a teacher as well, since the public school system here has failed us repeatedly. No, it’s not your imagination – this is a lot different world we’re living in here boys and girls. When I went to school, teachers and administration cared about educating kids, but nowadays it seems the only remedies for problem childrem (or those who just might need a little extra help) is to either medicate them six ways from Sunday or just kick them out.
No, I don’t want to hear anyone say “If she loved you, she’d go back to work too.” If you’re thinking this, just stop right now. It’s not your family, and therefore, you should not cast judgments. I’ve heard this too many times to even care anymore. I’d be lost without her, and am always grateful for every single day we’re together.
I know it’s not exactly the garden spot, since it’s not as “free-living” as it was in Denver or LA, but sometimes you have to make adjustments to make things work. I can still shop online, and I get my chances to go out and about to enjoy myself still, so I guess it could be a lot worse.
I’ve got my internal interview coming up this week, which I’m really hoping goes well. I can honestly say that the people here are MUCH more encouraging than at my last ISP, although my friends in Denver that I have made have been WONDERFUL in sending their well-wishings – it’s more of a comparison from management.
So like I said…..sometimes things happen for a reason.