A New Endeavor

Today is the first day of my new job.

Now, I haven’t had an actual jobby since 2012, so to say I’m a little nervous is an understatement.  Also, I’m working in a Covid world now, so it is a virtual position.  It’s only part-time, because I truly cannot do more than that for heath reasons, but I am excited to finally do something every day and make a steady paycheck.

Now, of course, I am also terrified my stomach will betray me, as it has in the past.  It’s the reason I lost the job in 2012.  I loved that place, and would have stayed there forever if that were an option, but I was getting sick too much.  I was a teacher assistant at a day care, and a main thing with that is staff ratios.  It’s a big legal thing, so me throwing off the ratio made for issues.  It was a lovely firing, as firings go.  They seemed to genuinely not want to do it, but their hands were tied.

I knew then that I couldn’t work, really.  I would take occasional off the books jobs, but they never worked out for long, either because the kid aged out of care or I got sick.  I recall one nannying position I got that seemed ideal, but day one found me in the ER, so I lost it immediately.  I was terrified I would awake sick today, because of this past experience.  Alas, today I am well and raring to go.  And on the upside, when I do get sick, it is usually around 5am…which gives me plenty of time to heal up before work starts at 3pm. 

I will be working an afterschool care program for 3rd,4th, and 5th graders in the Buffalo school system.  Aside from homework help, I am not sure how much can be accomplished virtually, but my boss and the staff assure me that they have many ideas.  I would like to come up with something myself…I shall have to brainstorm.  The only thing I am really worried about with this job, though, is the math. 

See, I’m terrible at math.  I probably have a sixth-grade level.  And on top of that, they changed the math.  I don’t know how to do what these kids today are doing!  I’m going to have to go to YouTube University again.

Overall, I am excited to rejoin the workforce, though I do feel that I have a bit of catching up to do.  I mean, the last time I worked we had time sheets or cards.  Now, we have Paylocity.  Used to be you had to go to the place to see the kids.  Now, I don’t have to leave my office.  It’s a weird, weird world I’m in right now.

Anyhoo…wish me luck!  And as always, happy Monday.