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We received a letter from Snuggler on Monday proclaiming. "Camp is SO much fun!!!!" It was dated July 4, the day after she arrived, so we are hoping camp is still SO much fun!
Being on the non-receiving end of two weeks without modern methods of communication is kind of odd. I was thinking the other day about the immigrants of days of yore, who left home and whose families didn't know for a year or more if they arrived, died, prospered, or vanished. Kind of puts today's teary farewells in a different perspective. Technology has micro-calibrated our definition of what it means to know what's going on, heightening our sensitivity to not-knowing -- and perhaps heightening our anxiety in the process.
There is something comforting in accepting the fact that I won't know about Snugglers life for two weeks. It helps me remember that I am not responsible for making her happy; she is going to have to handle that herself for the time being. I'm not actually in control; being without a means of pretending that I am is, in its own way, a relief.
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Andrew and I have been batting around book ideas, and have one about which we're excited. It is nice to work together, especially after more than a decade (for him) of 60-80 hour workweeks and (for me) near-single parenting. We have had dozens of terrific conversations about things other than kids and finances and deadlines. It's like... being married.
In the past month Andrew has gone to a pile of classes at the outplacement firm: resume building, Linked-In networking, interviewing skills, etc. He came home from one class where the instructor advised everyone to use the 100-zero rule: spend 100% of your energy on things you can do something about, and 0% on things you can't control.
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I have no idea what the future holds for us, job-wise. We're okay through October, at which point the witches and goblins remove our safety net and the cold, hard world cackles at us. We have figured out a suitably sub-optimal fallback plan, a way to almost-survive in the event that no substantive solution becomes apparent by then.
Perhaps Andrew will get full-time work, perhaps I will, perhaps we'll write books and do freelance work and somehow pay for insurance for seven people. I am not particularly anxious about it, because we're doing what we can do.Well, except at 2am. When I'm awake at 2am I worry. But I'm pretty sure that's all anyone is doing at that hour, unless they're working the night shift.
One of the nice things about getting to middle age is the realization that things eventually work out. Or else they don't. In this country at this time in history, even if things don't happen the way you want, you generally don't die. That's good.
Am I odd to find comfort in the thought that whatever cliff might (or might not) lie ahead probably isn't large enough to be fatal?
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I have a post going up at Seeds of Devotion later today about some of the faith-related aspects of this. Or at least I think it's going up; I'm not in charge of the mechanics. It's odd not knowing exactly when that will happen. But I think we can all live with the uncertainty.