Saturday, October 5, 2013

Everyone Takes the News Differently

Originally written 6/10/2013

We’ve been trying to plan a date with college friends to the beach, but it looks like our summer weekends are not compatible.  So instead of heading to the beach, it was much easier for schedules to have the group at our house; shorter drive and less preparation.

Whenever we get together with our college friends, which we will all say always too far in between, it’s like time has never passed.  We spend a bit of time getting the scoop on the kids, but then we all relax with beverage and have great conversations.  Of the six adults at the table, four are teachers of varying disciplines and grades.  Often that dominates our conversation.  

One topic we discussed was my work status.  

Pause for a little background - Matt and I came to the conclusion last year, before London was a go, that I would pursue working part time. He realizes working full time from 8-4 then being the lone parent from 4-10 is not always fun. My principal, as you've already read was not thrilled with this prospect, was coming to terms with my part-time status since I'd still be working at the same building. I was really looking forward to the opportunity to run errands and get dinner started while the kids were still at school. Then when Matt had a heavy travel week, the stress level at the house would be lessened.

Our friends asked if I was excited for part-time work next year, and we figured that was a good segue into the move.  

“So, you are working part time next year?” says College Pal A.
“Um, that..... or less,” I respond

Furled eyebrows and confused faces appear.

We explained that Matt was offered a promotion to London and we were going to accept it.  College Pal A immediately bursts into tears and College Pal K continues with the furled brow, but I could not see what was happening under her sunglasses.  

After a few seconds, College Pal A asked if our move was the reason we asked them over for dinner. Obviously that was not the reason, however a face-to-face discussion was a much better option than a Facebook post!

Happily, they did not disown us as friends and asked many quality questions. One of which was if they could take some of our furniture :) I think they are going to be OK.

*The news shared in this blog posts was originally written many months ago.  We were not ready to share the news with the world at that time, so I added the original date the post was written at the top.

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