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Happy to be working

I have a full time job! I went on an interview today and the company offered me a buck more an hour than the most stable of my three part-time jobs. So, I called the other employer and explained that I could not accept their offer because I was offered so much more by another company. I told them that Vilay was not able to work right now and that we have three small children to support. I was told that they would see what they could do and call me back. Not half and hour later they did call me back. I was offered a match in salary for full-time dayshift hours (7 a.m.-4 p.m.). And, I can still increase my hourly wage by learning more tasks in the department. I was very happy because this company is the one I really wanted to work for. They are known to be wonderful and offer a relaxed family atmosphere. I told them that I would take it.

I still have two part-time jobs that I would like to work around my full-time job. I will have to check with one of the jobs to see if I can work on Sundays and one other day only. I think it is possible because it is hard to find intelligent and dependable people for part-time retail jobs that don’t pay worth crap! :) The other part-time job is no problem since we were told in orientation that we could work when we wanted and that they were very flexible. I think I will work every Sunday night during floor sets and restocking. I know it sounds like alot. But, I don’t think I will work anymore than I did as an office manager at the bank. Plus, the stress is much lower since I am not the one in charge. I am the sole bread winner for the moment and with four French that is not easy! :p I know…I know. It was a bad joke but I couldn’t help myself.

I am happy to work again. I feel independant. Today I picked up my first pay check in three years. It felt great!

The kids are handling my working much better than I expected. So much better that it kinda hurt my feelings! Papa stays with them and they think it is fun. They are getting closer to him every day. Sometimes, Boy Blue will even prefer Papa over Mama when he is tired or fussy.

Right now, Boy Blue is climbing on his Papa’s legs…Vilay is sitting on the floor and Sweet Bear is sitting beside her Papa pressed into his side with his arm around her. Petite Clown is sitting by me. I think she will always prefer me to anyone else. I don’t know why but she is attatched to me more than any of my other children. However, after two weeks of me working full-time she may prefer Papa, too. I think it is good for them to be close to their father. I really see that we are a strong family. Even with all of our challenges we have managed to pull ourselves out of it all.

I am lucky to have a family that helps each other when someone is down. Thank you Mom, Dad and everyone else (you know who you are) that has given us a strong start. We love you all and appreciate all of your support.

I, also, appreciate the supportive emails and comments from my readers. It helped me to feel connected when there were moments I thought all was out of control. You reminded me that it would all pass and we would get back on our feet. Thank you.

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  • Alison October 14, 2006, 5:14 pm

    I’m glad to read this! :)

  • samantha October 14, 2006, 5:34 pm

    I’m really happy to hear this too, I know that having a job and feeling productive is important to you.

  • peepfrench October 14, 2006, 9:42 pm

    I’m so envious that you’re gayfully employed again, Madame Citrouille, but extremely happy for you too :D

  • Julie October 15, 2006, 4:17 pm

    That’s great!

  • D October 18, 2006, 10:32 pm

    Congrats on the job! Make sure you don’t overdo it though.

  • Pardon_My_French October 19, 2006, 9:39 am

    Congratulations! I’m happy to hear your news and can really sympathize with the working in France issue. Keep us updated!

  • roland October 20, 2006, 12:38 pm

    Sound great to you but…….WE would be happy if you continu to post….you are in charge of hundred of readerS! and they NEED your next post.
    Dans ” le petit prince ” de Saint Exupery le renard dit au petit prince:
    ” maintenant que tu m’as apprivoisé tu est responsable de moi”
    Sure I’m kidding! be happy in you old/new country (I don’t know witch one is your real one today)
    A bientôt madame Citrouille

  • Pumpkin October 20, 2006, 10:30 pm

    Roland,
    I am here…we have had some personal set backs and it has taken me some time to get my family moved and resettled while starting two new jobs at the same time. I am beyond tired to say the least. However, now I think it is all settled and my father’s wife speaks French (she is French Canadian). So, it is nice for all of us to hear French from someone else on a regular basis. I promise to keep posting unless something drastic happens again. I am looking forward to a boring life but I think that I will have to wait a few months more for that. I am still in America but I would be lying if I didn’t say I missed France and often wished we could have stayed there.

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