Thursday, May 6, 2010

Goodbye Corporate America, Hello Finger Painting

Today is a celebratory day at our house. Arica will start her new job this morning as a teacher at our church's preschool.  This new job is not only an opportunity to be near Braden when he starts there in June, but also an opportunity for Arica to finally enjoy her work.

She dutifully went back to the bank to try and help out our family. She tried to deal with all the things that had bothered her about the bank before. She was hopeful that these things would go away, or at least she could tolerate them in order to help our family financially. I am very grateful for her efforts, but her happiness is much more important than a few extra dollars. As many of you probably know, "if Momma ain't happy, nobody's happy."

Arica says, "I would rather deal with screaming kids than screaming adults any day."

So with that my wife is off to the world of coloring and diapers. She is leaving behind the world of deposit slips and overdrafts. For fun let's examine some of the other changes she might experience.

Banking: Getting yelled at because you ask for an ID
Teaching: Being asked if you want to see my picture

Banking: Getting asked by seemingly competent adults to fill out deposit slips for them
Teaching: Getting asked by adorable kids to help color a blue duck

Banking: Putting up with people's crap
Teaching: Putting up with kids crap filled diapers

Banking: Eating lunch hurriedly on a 30 minute lunch break
Teaching: Eating at tiny little tables and pretending to be a giant

Banking: Always worrying about rules and audits
Teaching: Always worrying about sharing and napping

Banking: Only worrying about money
Teaching: Only worrying about having fun

I think that last one sums it up pretty well. When money is involved there is never a relaxing moment. Everyone is on edge all the time. Half the customers think you are out to get them. Let's face it. The public is just a little bit less than courteous anyway. Now with the kids the most important thing is smiling and having a good time. Sure they can wear you out, but better them than Johnny overdraft or Susie hot check.

Good luck Arica. I hope you have a great day.


WeaselMomma said...

Good fer her and Braden and you.

Katherine said...

That's very exciting. It sounds like Arica will enjoy this so much more. I couldn't imagine having to deal with people like that all day! Although, there are times when I wonder if these college administrators pulled their PhDs out of a cereal box!

Good luck to Arica! And I love the new banner picture. He's SO cute!

Brandy said...

yay. such a blessing.

Manic Mommy said...

The best thing anyone ever told me was that I would never regret spending more time with my children.

Good for you for finding the balance!

Daddy Files said...

My wife is a bank manager. I know exactly of what you speak. But she makes all the money so even if she wanted to stay home (which thank freaking heavens she doesn't) it wouldn't be possible.

But good for you guys and tell Arica to enjoy. Braden too!

John said...

Awesome news! I'm sure she won't regret it! In other news, my wife is heading back to corporate America... she starts on Monday. eek


seashore subjects said...

Yea for Arica! I hope she finds teaching very fulfilling. I have found that working with kids is much easier than adults. Kids are supposed to act like kids after all!

PJ Mullen said...

It is fun to sit around and pretend to be a giant. Good for Arica for making the change. I'm sure you will all benefit from this move.

SurprisedMom said...

I hope Arica is having a wonderful time at her new job. I'm glad for all of you she made the change. To be in a job that constantly stresses you out and makes you unhappy isn't healthy. I speak from experience. Change is often hard, but sometimes it's the best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones.

john cave osborne said...

fantastic decision.

loved the potential differences between the two gigs. some of them make you wonder who the children really are, no?

great stuff. enjoyed the one on mother's day, too.

hope y'all're having a wonderful one.