Like many mom who’s youngest child is about to begin kindergarten, I’ve been experiencing a wide variety of emotions. Everything from excitment and relief to boredom, rejection and lonliness. Sounds weird right? I know. I’ve told you how sometimes my kids drive me up the wall but I’ve never denied that they can make up for an entire day of hell with a few short minutes of sweet interaction, either with me or with each other. I sit back and watch them smile and laugh or simply PLAY NICELY together and I forget why I was ever mad at them to begin with :)
So I’ve been wondering what I was going to do with all my free time after Milla starts school next year. I knew I wanted to go back to work because 8 years of being a stay home mom has taken it’s toll on my mental health! At the same time I would have to find a job that respected my need to be home after school, on weekends (at least the weekends I have the girls), and school holidays. I also wanted to find a place I would enjoy working at and people I would enjoy working with. Sounds insane right? Where would I find such a dream job?!! It turns out it wouldn’t be as hard as I thought…
As you know, I’ve been volunteering at Milla’s pre school for the past few weeks. I’ve had a lot of fun there watching, learning, helping, and I’ve been developing personal relationships with the staff. Everyone is so great! There are three woman still there back from when Riley and Josh went to school. The director and owner Erin, Ms. Gilda (who was their teacher then) and Ms. Elaine. At the time, I didn’t know Elaine very well because she taught the other VPK class and I couldn’t be as involved back then because Milla was still so young. She is Milla’s teacher now along with Ms. Lauren.
As I spent more and more time there and with everyone and the kids, I started thinking how great it would be to get a job doing this same thing. I love preschoolers! They are absolutely adorable and are so eager to start learning and start going to “school”. I love watching them work on their letters and all the concentration in their little faces. Plus all the excitement when they paint and make things to bring home to their parents. I know first hand Milla is thrilled to be learning and talking about her “homework”. Just this morning she was telling me how she had to take her back pack to school because it had her “work” in it “It has my letters in it. Not my Letter Factory just my work”
I want to do that!
So I talked to Erin and she directed me on the right path and last night I registered for my first class! I’m actually taking the course right now but I’ve paused, NO not to write this, but to wait for my Participant’s Guide to finish printing. It’s freaking HUGE!! I was going to borrow one from one of the other girls but there are activities in them you have to complete and I’d rather have my own. I could buy one but then I’d have to wait for it to get here… All I can say is, thank God we got new ink
The courses themselves aren’t too bad as far as expense goes. I’m told the actual CDA license though, that’s kinda pricey! So I’ve gotten in touch with my case worker with Voc Rehab and after I completed my first course (exam included) I need to make an appt with him and we’ll get it in the works so that they’ll pay for it! How awesome is that?!! I swear, every day of my life just keeps getting better and better! Let this be a lesson to those of you reading this who are miserable…STOP!! Do something about it! It’s been such a wild ride these past years but I can’t tell you how worth it it has been!!
So wish me luck. This is the first time in almost 5 years I’ve attempted school (again) but I have a lot of motivation this go around so I’m confidant I’ll do well.