Thank you, everyone, for your kind words of support for our anonymous writer. Very tough situation, obviously, but I hope she feels a little less alone in it now that we've all shared her burden a bit. And remember - the space is available for anyone, any time. All you have to do is ask.
So, that whole employment thing. Many of you have asked why I lost the nanny job I had before. Yes, I was very happy there - that wasn't the problem. Unfortunately, for various reasons, I'm not at liberty to discuss what happened with that job. (And no, it's not nearly as scandalous as that makes it sound.)
No matter what the reasons, I suddenly found myself in need of a job. One of the first things that occurred to me was to ask my dear friend Tpiglette if her school - she's a high school chemistry teacher - had any openings. Turns out I didn't even need to ask, because as soon as she heard I was out of a job, she said, "My school still has a couple English positions open!" I filled out an application, and apparently they were very impressed, asking to meet with me. I interviewed with them yesterday afternoon, and it went very well. At least, I thought it went very well.
Turns out I was wrong - it did not go "very well." Actually, it went something more like "fan-damn-tastically well," since I got a call today offering me a contract. Yes, less than two weeks after losing one job, I already got another. Much like how less than two weeks after I needed a new place to live, I had already found one. Yes, things have been falling into place remarkably well around here, thank the Lord.
The school is a Christian high school, and I'm looking forward to the challenge of integrating Biblical teachings along with literature, grammar, and vocabulary. I'll be teaching tenth grade honors world literature, which makes me significantly happier than when I had to teach American literature a couple years ago. I may also be teaching something else in addition - I'll be meeting with the principal tomorrow to talk about the specifics more in detail.
Now some of you may be thinking, "But wait! Didn't you just say that you didn't think you were going to go back to teaching high school?" Yes, I did express some uncertainty in that post, that's true. But losing my nanny job gave me a good chance to reevaluate my plans, and I realized I'm a lot better prepared to be in the classroom now than I was before. I don't feel like quite so much of a sham trying to mold young minds, now that I actually know who I am and what I want out of life. And I'm excited to return to my passion for literature and grammar and all the other geeky stuff that we English teachers get all hot and bothered about.
And of course, there are the more tangible perks, too: Tpiglette will be my colleague, and my classroom is about 100 yards from Batman's office.