I never did line up a full time teaching position for this school year. I had four interviews in three months, and was told three of those times that it had been between me and one other person, and that other person got the edge on me every time.
It has been frustrating. Discouraging. And I have been thinking about our finances a lot.
Being an aide doesn’t pay much, and of course being a part time aide pays even less and offers no benefits like paid time off or health insurance. And while we made it almost all summer without having to dip into our savings account, I’m not sure how things will play out for the school year. When I have a complete paycheck (as in, two full weeks of working), I will bringing home roughly half of what I made in my Terrible Job. And there is at least one day off every month of school — for Labor Day, Fall Break, Christmas Break, President’s Day, and so on.
I was considering it, and I thought to myself, well, we’ll be livin’ on a prayer. After all, “we’ve got each other, and that’s a lot.” And we’ve got God, and that’s even more.