13 June 2017
09 June 2017
By way of background, I left my job at a law firm in Cabot in February, 2017. We had a parting of the ways. It ended fine, no hard feelings, but, I was on the job hunt for a few months, when James told me for the one-hundredth time, why are we still in Cabot?
Rachel has graduated. Samantha has graduated. Charlotte will be starting high school in the fall. I have no job. Now is the perfect time for a break. Let' go.
But should we? We have so many friends in Cabot that I found it so hard to imagine our family living anywhere else. The kids had essentially grown up here. We came to Cabot after Hurricane Katrina and we were welcomed like royalty. The crime rate is low; we never lock our doors. The doctors are good, and the big city of Little Rock is easily accessible. Again, so many good friends to James and me, but, also to our kids. Why move? James loved his calling; his Dad was close by. Why leave that?
Because we should. Because it's time. Because there's a whole world out there and we have only been in one corner of it. So here we go.
I looked on Craigslist and found a solo practitioner who was advertising for help. I knew the town where he practiced because I had gone to college there. It was forty five minutes south of my mom's house and an hour north of my brother's house. I applied. They called and said, so I have your resume and I'm interested but there's one big elephant in the room - you are in Arkansas. I said, yes, sir, I am. But, I can be in Maryland, just give me two days. That was a Monday, we set up an interview on Friday and on Wednesday, James and Charlotte, Josephine, JMichael and I all left for Maryland. Samantha could not miss school (she couldn't even be late) and she had to work, so we left her home. We arrived at Mom's, I interviewed on Friday and he said, you are great and I would hire you and you could start on Monday, but, again, you live in Arkansas.
I said here's what I think. I think I drive back to Arkansas with my family. I will fly back here alone on Wednesday. I will work for you for two weeks and then I'll leave for my daughter's graduation, to pack a house and move my family, then I'll be back here by June fifth to start permanently. The leave and come back was James' idea. It also allowed me time here to look for a place to rent. Win/win!
And my new boss said, that works for me. You're hired.
And so, after having three of my first five weeks of work off, I am now working full time in Chestertown. We are living a little north of here until we decide where we want to buy a house.
I'm making more money; the kids are excited about the new scenery. JMichael is just excited. He's a happy kid. Charlotte left behind the horrible end of the year drama she had in Cabot, saying good riddance and I'm off to conquer new worlds. Josephine was excited to get the GT placement letter in hand and leave town, though for her saying goodbye to friends was a lot harder than anyone saw coming. Lots of tears from her and her sweet group of buds. Samantha was excited to get here and is loving not working, just tanning and relaxing. She misses JonBoy, her boyfriend, who plans to come see her for her eighteenth birthday next month. Leaving was harder than she thought. JonBoy was there for every stage of it and she had a group of about five friends there with her until we pulled away from the house. She cried until we got to Tennessee, then, though still sad, she started to look into the adventure and move on. She still misses AR.
Rachel, meanwhile, stayed in Arkansas. She and her boyfriend, Evan, will be coming out here in mid-July, after they have all their loose ends wrapped up. Out of respect for his parents, Evan wanted to give them more time to accept his decision to move east, and they have both given notice at their jobs and have started packing. We miss them. I understand how Evan's parents must feel, but, the kids are 22 and 19, so they can decide. I'm just thrilled they will be here soon.
01 June 2017
25 May 2017
At ALE the kids have classes as computer worksheets. They read, they test, they move at their own pace. They have a teacher over their shoulder constantly and the student to teacher ratio is really low. Lots of talking, lots of nurturing. Charlotte was sent to ALE at a time when that was just what the doctor ordered. She was the darling of her teachers, charming them with her sweet compliments and blunt comebacks. She is not afraid of anyone and she shines with one on one attention.
Next time you have the pleasure of talking to Charlotte you can ask her yourself why she was sent to ALE. She may or may not tell you and I will leave that to her. As a matter of fact, she purposely did not tell any of the students she went to school with why she was sent to ALE, just to see on social media what would happen. Rumors flew, and she had the sad satisfaction of watching the people she once called friends belittle her and tear her down. It was sad to watch, but, she did it that way so that she could see how people would react. She was disappointed in almost everyone. Kids are very cruel. Those who held her up are still her friends, and while that was a painful lesson, she has grown and she has learned.
You wish so much for your kids. You want to shelter them. Then, when they are hurt, you want to heal them. The beauty of it is, that they have to grow. I am proud of Charlotte and how she has handled her trial. She is a strong young lady. She won and she will continue to shine.
19 May 2017
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05 May 2017