Monday, November 17, 2008

Hood ornament, anyone?

As we were on the way to drop the Boy off at school last week, I avoided the opportunity to redecorate the front of my Civic, much to his chagrin. We live on an acre of land, in a mostly rural area. The drive to school, about 10 minutes, is mostly through open fields skirted by woods. There are only a couple neighborhoods between here and there.

Now, most times larger wildlife like deer will stick to fields and woods, right? So you can imagine my surprise when I encountered a rather large buck who emerged between two houses and ran across the road directly in front of our car! Of course, I slammed on my brakes and avoided a collision with the deer. However, from the back seat, I hear, "Momma, why did you stop?" "So that we wouldn't hit that deer." "But why didn't you want to hit that deer?" "Because it would hurt the deer and crash the car." "Next time, I want to hit the deer!!"

Umm... ok, maybe a pretend deer? With a pretend car? He's such a boy! :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

That man and the stickers

Last week, the Boy and I went to the grocery store. On our way out, the cashier gave the Boy a whole string of stickers. He was quite happy and held on tight to them all the way out to the car. As I was loading our groceries into the trunk, a kind older gentleman walking to his truck commented on the Boy's stickers. He said, "Well, I didn't get any stickers! You must have been a really great kid in there!" The Boy just smiled proudly as the man got into his truck and pulled away.

In the car, on the way home, however, it started to bother him. He began asking me, "Momma, why didn't that man get any stickers?" I replied that he was sure lucky to have gotten so many stickers, not really thinking much of it. But he wouldn't let it go. Again and again, he worried over the fact that he received so many stickers and that man didn't get any. Finally he asked, "Momma, can I give that man one of my stickers?" "Honey, I don't know who that man is, and he's gone." "Where did he go?" "Back to work, probably." "Where does he work?" "I don't know. I don't know who he is." "Does my Dada know who he is?" "No." "Does Ben's Dada know who he is?" "No." "How will we find him? Momma, I want to give that man one of my stickers." This went on and on, and he even picked out the exact sticker he wanted to give that man. In the meantime, my heart was simultaneously swelling with pride that he was so set on sharing something dear to him and breaking over my inability to allow my child this moment of generosity. He finally decided that stickers are for little boys, and that man wasn't a little boy. So it was ok that he didn't get any stickers.

I hope that someday we are able to act on the inborn generosity of my son, because I think that is something to be treasured and nurtured.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lady of Leisure

I went back to work in June of this year. Caterpillar called me and asked me to come back to work part-time to fill in a position. Someone else had already been hired to do the job, but she wasn't able to start until one of her co-workers came back from maternity leave. The person doing the job already needed to move on to her new position. That left a hole in that position, and I was the solution.

I was hired as the foreign patent docket clerk. Every piece of paper delivered to Caterpillar regarding any patent filed outside of the United States comes to that desk to be entered into the system, filed, or distributed to the appropriate people. We're talking papers for anywhere from fifty to over a hundred patents per day coming to one desk. And it was a full-time job before I started. I only agreed to work three days a week. There was most definitely enough work to keep me busy!!

When I started, I was told that the position should last until the beginning of October, when my replacement could report for work. No problem. I'd be done in plenty of time for the holidays. At the end of the first week of October, my boss heard from my replacement that she'd had shoulder surgery and her doctors hadn't released her to work for at least another six weeks. He asked me if I would consider staying on until she came back, and I declined. I agreed to stay until the end of October, which was later than I had originally intended to be working in the first place.

So on Wednesday, October 29, for the second time, I walked away from Caterpillar. I am now, once again, a lady of leisure! It is great to be home with my boy again. He really has missed me. I'm still getting adjusted to being a stay-at-home-mom again, but hopefully we'll get back into the swing of things again. We've got the holidays coming up, Christmas presents to prepare, meals to consider... and now I can do all of that without the added stress of going to work three days a week. I truly am a blessed woman!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

I have returned

Ok, ok... so I haven't blogged in a while. A couple months ago, I had a rather ugly incident with a few people and a blog, and I have stepped away from blogging for a time. I'm back now, I have a few posts lined up, and I am going to try my best to do better. :)