Ok, I gotta come clean. I have applied for two jobs.
I know, I know, it’s not January! I know, I know, this is the grace period. Calm down, I listed my available start date as January 5, 2015. Are you happy now?
Being still is hard!
Most days I am just fine going through the routine and then resting, but occasionally, I find a day where I am on the couch watching way too much TV and then up peering out the window waiting for my husband to get home from work. As I am rehearsing my day to him over dinner, including how many times I took the dog outside, he looks me in the eyes and says, “Are you doing ok?”
Well, yeah. I am doing ok. Do you think it’s weird that I just reported our dog’s elimination pattern to you?
We’ve already been over this. I have had a job, outside of when our children were babies, since the time I was 15! I am so accustomed to working that I practically have to set an agenda for myself every day! Now, you already know that that agenda includes time on the couch, so I am actually resting, ok?
Sometimes, like Monday, I think I am running out of things to do, so I have to find a job. And, come on, they are both part-time library jobs where I would actually be at the circulation desk fewer than 20 hours a week. It’s not like I would be challenging young minds and grading their papers. I’d be checking out books for people and helping them find their books in the stacks. “Why, sonny, I remember when the card catalog was actually still on cards…” I would be in contact with people, and poor Chester, could get a break from me!
I had the fleeting thought yesterday as I was filling out one of the applications that, well, I could actually start sooner than January 5, couldn’t I? I mean, Christmas money would be nice…
Then I remembered our trip to DC later this week, my election day commitment, our son’s visit during the second half of November, our daughters coming home for the holidays, and, oh yeah, the fact that my symptoms are persistent and I still need to lie down most days in the middle of the day.
I guess I could enter our address book into some label-making software in time for Christmas. I could create online files for all my recipes. I could visit the library and read some more books.
But not today. This morning is Bible study. This afternoon I will be at the gym. Tonight I will be too tired to do anything but watch the Cardinals. January will be soon enough.
This is an appointed time for everything.
And there is a time for every event under heaven.