In a span of about four hours on Tuesday, I went from worrying about summer childcare for my kid and my unknown work schedule on two projects, to thinking I was going to be working from home on only one project (thus needing a lot less childcare), to finding out all my work was wrapping up due to budget issues (thus needing no childcare).
Have I mentioned recently how much I hate the economy? I just heard on the news today that the Pittsburgh Public Schools are sending out almost 300 provisional furlough notices. I know of so many people who are either looking for work or who have had to settle for something. I know even more people who have not gotten a raise in years even though the cost of living has continued to go up. When does it end?
As for my situation, it is not so bad, really. I highly recommend getting laid off to anyone. Seriously. Once you have gone through that and figured out how to survive it, most work-related things that come after are not so bad. When I started working for a company on a contract basis about two and a half months ago, I knew (and hoped!) it could turn into something permanent. But I also knew if it did not, that would be okay too, since I have been used to going without steady income for several years. So I will just be going back to that way. And on the bright side, most companies pay their contractors 60 days after they submit their invoices. Which means that even if I don't work anymore this summer, I will have a few paychecks coming over the next two months.
I also will get to teach Vacation Bible School, something I have done for the past three summers. Just two weeks ago I had to tell the very disappointed director that I would be working and unable to do so. But about an hour after I found out my contract work was coming to an end, I called the priest at that church and told him I could help out since I would no longer be working. And since the Catholic church is often bashed (and often with good reason), I have to share something that made my day today. As I was leaving mass this morning, that priest stopped me to ask if I needed financial help. I told him no thank you, that we would be fine. He asked again, and I responded similarly. He then asked if we would be able to pay for our kid's tuition in the fall. I explained that I worked for a few months, and we would be fine for at least several months after that. But I was so touched by that offer of help, even more so because that church is not even my parish. I go to daily mass there when I can, and I teach the Bible school in the summers.
So, sure, I am a little sad and disappointed that things with that job did not work out quite the way I had hoped. But I'll be okay. You know, one door closing and another opening and all that. :-)