My huge, giant, enormous thankful this week is for all of you, all the people who commented so supportively on my last few posts. Truly, I felt so validated, in spite of the fact that no one said, "Ah, but Sarah, I believe you." Nearly every comment was in support of my right and need to tell my story, and in validation of that as a path towards healing. Some were as sweet and comforting as a real in-person hug, and I love those people for understanding that sometimes you just need somebody to understand and say how much your life sucked for awhile. Though the phrase is trite and cliche, I will still write that all of your comments meant so much to me.
I have one more post (at least) in me on the subject, but as I wrote above, I've been a little removed from the blogging world of late. Nevertheless, the whole series of events on my mind, I was thinking this morning of how wonderful job security is, and how easy it is to take for granted. I know for sure there are some TToT readers who do not take this for granted, and they know how it is impossible to understand the value of job security until it is missing. There was period of time in the summer of 2012 in which neither of us was employed and neither entirely certain if we would become so. Two children and no jobs is a frightening situation.
In the same theme, it is truly wonderful to work in a job that you enjoy in which you are appreciated. After that terrible year, the Dude has had two years in a education job in which he works with intelligent, talented people whom he admires and who admire him. I have seldom known a more collegial group of employees than those in his particular position. Ego does not seem to play a role, and they all go to each other freely for advice and improvement. These men and women are totally committed to improving public education.
And in those two years, I have become a stay at home mother. We now know it will end sooner rather than later, but it has been a wonderful experience for me, and I certainly hope, for my children. I think I have been able to provide an much-needed sense of stability after great upheaval, and I hope that foundation will last after I enter the work force once more.
This week has been Spring Break. Last Saturday, I suggested we brainstorm a list of things we'd like to do for Spring Break, and though we have only accomplished a fraction from our list, it was so much fun to brainstorm. Mt. Vernon, puzzles, breakfast, and wearing pajamas in the car made the list along with all the parks in our general vicinity.
One highlight from the week was the Baltimore Children's Museum, which is fantastic. But we also managed to coordinate schedules (a truly amazing feat) with two families we haven't seen in awhile to ride the National Mall Carousel and to dye eggs.
And how can I end without naming that fabulous video created by Lizzi. Truly, my green hat is so much better than Pharrell's Arby one. I am disappointed to say the video is no longer available, it seems. I was going to impress the Seven Guard Virgins!
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, Mother of Imperfection, Rewritten, Thankful Me, The Wakefield Doctrine