Life in leaps and bounds

I just realized that it’s been a few days since I posted anything here.

I was rather cryptic in my last post about the wonderful son and older daughter because a few things in their lives hadn’t been quite finalized. I have no serious belief that anyone that would have mattered or cared reads this blog, but I am extremely conscious of the fact that just when you think non of those important people have a clue about a single word that is created by you, they somehow do–have a clue that is and it can turn into a post that maybe shouldn’t have been posted.

So you know the daughter and family have been sitting and waiting for their new home to take shape and finally that process has begun. They have a foundation and have been told that their home will be ready (fingers crossed) in July. That was great news but the even greater news was that, after a few years of dislike verging on hate of a job that went way beyond stressful and even dangerous at times, the daughter has a new position!

She actually interviewed for about three separate jobs within a short time and chose the one that she felt was going to be the most conducive to her life at this moment. It is within the same healthcare system that she is employed by now, but not in a hospital setting. She, along with three other RN’s, a few LPN’s, a few MA’s and the requisite number of physicians, will be opening a brand new clinic just ten minutes from the new home.

This position will gear up at the end of this month. That means that my 2nd job as a tutor will undoubtedly be coming to an end a few weeks sooner than I anticipated. I didn’t honestly see myself returning to that job next fall. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know my feelings on the system housing this 2nd job and my disenchantment with the whole process. I will miss the kids and feel slightly guilty that I won’t complete the entire year with them but I know that I am doing something important by providing care for my granddaughter versus my questioning the impact of my tutoring and finding not too much to feel good about in that area.

Onward to the son. You all know that he will be married in October. You may also know if you’ve followed for a while that his career has taken many odd ups and downs and turns since graduating from college. A short recap:

He landed a job early on in college thanks to a friend working in environmental science, a position that had nothing what-so-ever to do with his goal of a music major. This man is amazing though as he is self-taught in so many areas. He set up systems and programs and basically created a functioning program for this university department while being rewarded with low wages, no wages, lay offs, attempts at legitimate placement, run around from the university and HR and others, and just general crap for many years. He needed a job though and so stuck it out with the hope that one day he would be an official, titled employee, never imagining it would take 5+ years and more headaches than anyone should have to endure.

Just about one week ago he was finally made a real employee, meaning he was recognized with some titled department position rather than being this odd guy who sort of ran the program but in a non-official way. One day later he was offered and accepted a position with a company that works in development and data analysis for major wireless providers around the world. His salary with the new position will bring a gain of roughly $30,000 per year in income over what he was offered by the university.

So here’s this guy who has been trudging along, creating technology without formal training, making barely enough to live and overnight his life changes. It strikes just me how ironic this is. I took a creative writing course for fun about one year ago and wrote of a man whose life was music, and who through a chance meeting, found his life to be incredibly altered in a very positive way. That story was sort of my dream, my wish for my son. The ending there was that he was proceeding down a career path with his music. The ending in real life is that music will always be his passion, but his career path will be his second love, built from a natural ability that we saw glimpses of from childhood. Through a chance encounter his life has turned around. This is the man who as a child would sit for hours in between saxophone practice and composing music and take computers apart, write programs, and create with a minimal background.

Thus all of this good fortune yet not luck really, but skill and determination and drive and desire on the part these two siblings has allowed them to achieve something amazing for themselves and their families.

It doesn’t get much better in my opinion.


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