“You work full time? Then why do you want another job?” That was Stacey, who interviewed me for the job I applied for at our local grocery store.
“Well, you see, I have three children. They are growing and our expenses are also growing. Our income is not enough anymore,” I explained to her.
“How old are your kids?”
“Nine, thirteen and seventeen. The oldest one’s in university.”
“Oh, I see.”
Then she asked why is it me? Why is it not the husband who’s looking for another job? Well, it’s not like I haven’t asked him like a hundred times to go look for another job. But I digress. I kind of mentioned in my previous post that I’ll stop b*tching about the man.
Yup, that’s true. Our two sources of income are no longer enough. Our credit card bills which I’ve managed to keep at four digits since I’ve worked at home is now starting to climb up again. It’s been at five digits for about a year now. And I know that something has to be done. I can’t rely on winning the lotto, since I don’t buy tickets anyway. 🙂
So there I was, at 40-something years old, and I found myself looking for a part-time job. I had my eye on a department store position downtown, but I didn’t expect competition to be that tough. I think I was the oldest one at the group interview we had and I was the only one who didn’t have experience in sales. Some of the applicants could have been my children, I mean in terms of age, of course.
But I’m glad that I got hired for this weekend shift only at this store where I do my grocery shopping. It’s close to home and how lucky for me that their weekend lady in the apparel department gave up that shift. I initially thought of working at nights. That’s what I did when I also worked two jobs at the same time almost eleven years ago. It’s not that we badly needed the money back then. I was already working at the insurance company where I still work now when the Taxation Centre called me and I just couldn’t pass it up. I only had two kids then, 7 and 2 years old. And I only took the night job because my father-in-law was vacationing here at that time. I didn’t have to bring the kids to daycare. He looked after them. Now, that I look back, that’s probably the reason why he didn’t finish his supposed-to-be six-months stay here. He he he. Besides, my husband worked during the day then and he was home with the kids at night. But now that he works at night, I don’t want to leave the kids by themselves at night. Even though the two older ones can look after their younger brother. I want to be there at nights with them. I want to be there to help my youngest one with his homework, cook and eat supper with them. They’re pretty much doing their own things in the weekends anyway, so I don’t think they’ll miss me that much on those two days.
I got trained for my new job last weekend. The lady who trained me is the same age as me. She was just recently widowed and then her mom had a stroke. She wants to look after her mom on the weekends.
And by the way, Stacey’s also my supervisor. And she’s only 22 years old.
So now you know what keeps me really, really busy nowadays. I know I could always squeeze in writing posts even in my hectic schedule because I just have to write. But I hardly find time to bloghop, and please do excuse me. But thank you to those who still drop by even though I haven’t visited your blogs lately. I really appreciate it. I’ll try to pay you a visit whenever I can.