The flowers I received from my current boss, in celebration of my fifth anniversary of working here. Don't get any ideas, they were very simple, almost a wildflower bouquet, probably from a local farmstand. In a Mason jar. Which is just my style.
I haven't been very happy lately, but I guess I can be happy that I have completed five years of employment. Especially when so many people are out of work or underemployed. And that I can make a difference for my family--even if it's just C & I. I also was treated with a "fancy lunch" today, which was a treat.
Thinking...thinking... Ah! Me running around the house this morning because I couldn't find #3 cat. I checked all of her usual spots, but she was nowhere to be found. I checked closets, the basement. Then I pulled back a blanket on our bed, and there she was, sleeping in the part that was pooled on the floor.
Excerpted from an email from my old boss:
"It does seem that some people are constantly having to overcome obstacles while others do not. I wish I understood why some are challenged while others appear to coast through life. I wish I had answers for you. I can only encourage you to remain strong and know that you guys will get through this."
I wish I had an answer as well. I wish someone did. I know there's a reason to all of this--C getting hurt and career paths now closed to him, one layoff with a huge resume gap, and now this layoff--my faith tells me that it's just the Lord's plan, but after awhile, one begins to buckle a bit. It is so relieving to share this kind of thing with someone and not be answered with a brush-off, a platitude, or to be ignored. To have my feelings respected and to receive encouragement. If only I could find more people like this, instead of hearing from someone every few months.