This was a question from Amy B. I think I answered with something vague like "it's... good!"
Because the full answer is SO. MUCH. LONGER.
Yes, I like my job at the Library. I am still learning things. I will get the hang of one thing and then discover another thing to learn. And I know there are things I will need to learn that I don't even know I will need to learn yet. So I feel overwhelmed at times but not in a bad way, just a BIG way.
(Also, the Museum is in a time of transition and I am spending some time each week over there doing aspects of my old job. "Old job" being a relative term since I was only there five months!)
|Part of the Godspell stage at GMA|
A case in point: the reason I was meeting with Amy B. is that we are starting a book club at the Library. This was a club that my coworker Sadie wanted to start, but the target group is teens (and Sadie is part-time and I am full-time), so Amanda said "get with Laura" and BOOM! We have a book club starting next week.
(Hey, guess what? I've never run a book club! I haven't even attended a book club in YEARS!)
I'm in Research Mode. Amy B. has some experience & background that made her a good person to hit up for Qs. She was game to meet me for lunch and let me pester her. While we were there, I saw Ms. C.
(Ms. C was my graphic design professor in college. I haven't seen her in AGES and yet often wonder how she is.)
She asked how I was, when I went blonde ("actually, it's gray! I went gray in my 20s and just colored it for years." Ms. C pointed out that she STILL colors her hair and I was like "yeah, I might have too but my daughters have albinism so their hair is white, and...")
When I told Ms. C that I have four children, two boys that I gave birth to and two girls we adopted, her response was "so you don't work then?"
"Oh, no, yeah I work, too."
She asked how Jaimie was.
"She actually works at a library, too!"
(I wonder how High School Jaimie & Laura would have reacted to the news that "twenty years from now, you will both be working at libraries." I think we would have taken it in stride.)
Over the summer, whenever we drove past the shopping center where the AIDB bus pickup/dropoff is, Ani would say "my Talladega!" And Zoe of course LOVED camp and couldn't wait to start school there.
On Sunday, we took them for final registration. We dropped off their school supplies and met their teachers. The school nurse asked Kris about Zoe living on campus; they had noticed how independent she is.
That was a bit overwhelming to us. Like, yeah, we knew she could live on campus as a junior or senior and I support that idea because they can teach her stuff about navigating the world with low vision that I cannot. But since we live an hour from the campus, I didn't expect there to be a need in the FOURTH GRADE. Her teacher mentioned it as an option for a few days a week if there were after-school programs she was interested in.
"We'll let her get settled and see if she brings it up," I said to Kris on Sunday at lunch.
Zoe broached the topic when I picked her on TUESDAY. So, no, I don't know yet if that is a thing that will happen. Zoe at like, TEN, halfway fleeing the nest. But we're game if she is, and I like how she feels connected and settled enough at home to feel safe to do this.
BUT IT'S BIG.
It's big to me to have two of my kids schooling in another city. But Big Good, y'know? It's a good school and it makes them HAPPY.
|Zoe & Charli in art class at AIDB|
Ben and Cash are big into Pokemon and airbending right now. (Cash ran in the sun porch one day this week to tell me some character had finally learned to airbend. He was so stoked about a plot point, you guys! Heart eyes.)
I sat with them this week and discussed what "the n word" is and why they can NEVER, EVER SAY IT. Did they tune me out? Maybe/probably. Did it stick it all? I hope so.
Kris has a super big project coming up, but it doesn't start until September so I'm just willfully not thinking about it yet.
And this week Carol was like "hey, have you considered grad school?" And I was like "no?" (But it turns out they couldn't MAKE IT EASIER for me. 75% online courses and 25% at the GADSDEN CAMPUS.)
So now I guess grad school is in the five-year-plan. WHAT. EVEN.