Reflections on the Orthodox faith and life in this crazy 21st century world by an Orthodox priest and a few of his friends.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
First Day Jitters? Not a Chance!
My four girls, all smiles about going back to school (not bad for 6:30 AM!)
This week, everyone in the family except me has had a "first day." Today was the first day of Audrey's senior year in high school, Courtney's first day of fourth grade (she is the most excited of all!), and Beth's first day of second grade. Yesterday, Christine went back to daycare (or, if you will, pre-preschool) after over a year at home.
But the most significant first day was Jennifer's. At the risk of sounding overly melodramatic, yesterday was a major turning point in her life. For the overwhelming majority of the eighteen years that we have been married, Jennifer has been a full-time or mostly full-time stay-at-home mom. In fact, the last time she worked full-time outside the home was the fall of 1993, when I was in my second year of seminary.
Monday, Jennifer started an internship as an SLP-in-training at a local rehabilitative hospital. For those of you who don't know what an SLP is, it is a Speech-Language Pathologist (the job formerly known as "speech therapist."). In her internship, she is working full-time, albeit without pay. (she does, however, get credit toward her degree). Thankfully, her hours are not too long: 8 to 3, and she sometimes gets off earlier. Still, it is a big adjustment for all of us for Mom to be out of the house so many hours each week. She will be doing this internship until May, when (God willing) she will graduate with her Masters'. After that, she'll have all summer off and will start working full-time (this time for pay!) next August.
In addition to her internship, Jennifer will have two night classes this fall. Each class meets one night a week, 3 hours a shot. So needless to say, this fall will be very challenging. Next Spring will be a little easier, with only one night class and her internship taking place in a school setting.
At the risk of sounding overly melodramatic, in a very real sense, yesterday was the first day of the rest of Jennifer's (and the whole family's) life. Please pray for us. While I'm on the subject of prayer, if any of you have any prayer needs, please let me know via comment or email, and I will commit to pray for you.