The Year That Was - I am talking about the year I decided to quit my job and be home. When
I quit the job, I thought I will be home for 3 months. How that went to a whole year (and a couple of months) is a story.
Once I put Nithin into the half day Montessori, my life revolved around that schedule.
- Early morning walks in the Mall when no shops have been open yet. I would buy coffee and wait around to return something in a shop. Somedays I was to early in the Mall after dropping him that I had to sit in the car, kill time with iPhone until it opened.
- Times when I always early for everything including the one time I was 1 hour early for a doctor appointment
- Times when the radio station talks about traffic in the Turn Pike, I switched it off because I don;t bother about it anymore.
- Times when the people I interacted most were automatically non-working moms.
- Afternoons sitting on the king size bed with Nithin and reading to him
- Evenings when I would look forward to work with Nikhil on Kumon or something - so I feel like we accomplished something together!
- Days when I had the enthusiasm to cook and days when I hated it so much that I escaped it
- Sundays when I felt and enjoyed the relief of not being compelled to go to work the next day
- Days when my Google Calendar consisted of nothing other than kids' birthday parties
In an effort not to break the rhythm of Nithin's half day school, I did not feel like looking for a job. B had a 1 year timeframe in mind after which I should start looking for a job. Summer went by like a breeze with my parents' visit and with kids out of school.
September began with the worry of how Nithin will adjust to his schools - he was to continue the AM in his montessori and the PM in public school. I had worried about this all year, but other than the the first day's crying, he adjusted beautifully. I started getting bored at home - so automatically I started job-hunting - as per plan.
The next couple of months I went through the frustrations of
a job-hunter. I was back in the same state that I was after my layoff (2 years back). Trying to market my skills - except that this time I was looking for new role completely. I did not want to commute too far and did not want to travel for my work either These really narrowed down the options I had.
After some weeks of hope and despair alternating, I should say Thank God for that phone call.
Ek Pal Mein Zindagi Badal Gaya...
I heard the golden words - We want to make you an offer. My old work place. The product in which I had worked for 5 years before. A chance to start off officially as a product analyst. B will be my colleague once again. Commute = 5 min.
December went by knowing that I have a work place destined for the next year. Parties and holiday gatherings. Dressing up. Apprehensions and tension as usual about the future. How will it be?
More later on how life has changed after joining work.