Today was my first official day of work. Completely on my own, thrown right into the mix. I was able to assess 5 pre-K kids who were all pretty cool kids and I think I got everything right! Yay! Guess all those dreams last night of over-sleeping, forgetting things, and doing things wrong were just that…dreams. Thank goodness!
One girl was especially talkative and was kind of hard to keep on task. Here’s the gist of my favorite exchange:
Girl: “Do you have any son or daughter?”
Girl: “Do you have a husband?”
Girl: “So you don’t have any family?”
Me: “Well, I have my parents and a brother.”
Girl: “You don’t even have a Papa?”
Me: “No, I don’t have any grandparents.”
Girl: [obviously feeling sorry for me]. “So you just have your parents and a brother? You don’t have a sister?”
Me: “No, no sister. Do you have a sister?”
Girl: “No, but I want a baby sister.”
A 5-year-old thinks I’m lonely. Wonderful. Haha.
I am not a big tv-watcher, and I have not watched Jon & Kate Plus 8 for a few seasons, but who could not watch the new episode with the “big announcement.” Even though I have not followed all the gossip and updates about what is going on between Jon and Kate, you only need the basic idea: their marriage is falling apart. It may seem pathetic, but my heart breaks watching this family, with 8 beautiful children, going through such hard times. And of course everything is amplified because of the cameras and media attention. Even watching the show makes me feel awkward for Jon and Kate, with the avoidance and separate commentary.
Given the current rate of divorce (near 50%), I can’t imagine having to deal with a divorce with 1 child, much less 8 children. It also makes the thought of marriage kind of terrifying. Not that I am even anywhere close to engagement or marriage, but how can you trust your feelings and instincts that the person you are with will be the right person for you 10…..20…..50 years down the road? For me, that is where my faith is going to have to be strongest and trust that God will guide my decision-making. I only hope that when that day comes, I am in the right place to listen.