The whole idea of going back to AZ from CA came about sort of as an aside to the employment situation here in California for me over the past 3 months or so. I have been looking for work in all fields and in any form, but after 60+ applications and 20 or so resume drops in Craigslist I had heard nothing.
At one point through all of the drama I had the passing thought of, “I wonder in Montessori Academy is hiring?” I can’t really even call it a thought because for the longest time I did not act on it, but it returned a few times before I actually did. I sorta dropped the hint to Rachel about the school thing and I think there was apart of her that feared this as a possibility and so she did not really say anything about it at first.
I continued to put in applications for anything and everything that was hiring. I went to two interviews, one with a call center in town that tried to talk me out of working for them, never had that happen before, and one with In-N-Out. Both of those failed. Well, I can’t really say that In-N-Out failed, they just aid that they were not doing 2nd interviews til the end of the month, and not doing any hiring (if they need to) til the 3rd week into June. Through all of this time and for last month’s rent, Rach’s parents were paying almost everything for us. That in itself was the driving force in my needing ot do something, anything, so create some sort of positive reaction in this whole situation.
After three months I had had enough of this incessant applying with no responses whatsoever. i finally said to Rach, sort of in passing, "You know what is sad, “I bet that I could email Juli at Montessori Academy and I could probably get my job back.” At that point i resigned myself to write the email and at least see what the response was. In the midst of this we were struggling because school was over for me for the year and we were full swing into summer vacation which meant one thing for me with no job nor any prospects… boredom… I think hat that is what tipped the scales for me.
So I sent the email at about 10:28A on the 13th of May… Fast forward to 11:05A the same day… 37 mins later… I had a response from her saying that there was in fact an opening in Jr. Elementary. My position with them 2 yrs ago was in the Middle School, so this was only one step away from that. I could do that! Now, Rach’s parents were out of town for the past few days at this point on their cross country trip through the Midwest to see her dad’s family. This sort of made things odd for us cause they are cosigners on our lease and so any decisions we made we wanted them to be a part of. Kinda hard to do over the phone, but its better than being left in the dark, right?
Well, I wont go into specifics, but needless to say the initial conversations did not go anywhere near well. Emotions raised on all sides and in the end it was just a big explosion. It did, however, do one good thing. It blew open all of the oors of communication for Rach and I on this. I think for the better part of this whole thing we were tiptoeing around the ideas and issues and solutions ot the issues and so it was like we were both in our own little worlds not seing this from an open window sort of perspective. That all changed overnight.
I opened u and was blatantly honest with my thoughts, ideas, suggestions, solutions and she did the same with her fears, and feelings. Through all of this the email from Juli was in the back of my mind and I had not returned an email to her about whether or not I wanted to interview for the position. I sort of left that hanging for 2 days just to see how things went and if she or her parents warmed up to the idea of relocation. We called her parents after we had a few good talks and we basically laid out for them the options, 3 of them.
- Stay here, keep looking for work.
- I leave CA fr AZ, take this job and Rach follows later.
- We both leave at the same time and try and make it work.
They said that they would take 24 hours and pray about it and t hen get back tp us. I ended up sending the letter that day, just to have it in place. my fear was, if we wait too long we will be here but the job would not be there. They came back and said they thought options one or two were good, but did not like option three. I know that part if this is on account of Talia. There is family drama that exists in Rach’s brother’s family with him, his wife and their two kids and why they (wife and children mostly) do not see her parents. We won’t go into that here, not really any point nor is it the best place to do so.)
We talked more and eventually came to agreement that option 2 was really our only option so we began to slowly plan for that while coming to grips with the fact that we were leaving CA. This did not really hit me til this past Sunday @ Church, but we will get there.
I called Juli on Friday since I did not hear back from her in email. She said that things were super hectic since it was the end of the year and she would call me in the next week (this week) for a teleconference with herself and the teacher Linda. I am waiting as patiently as I can for this phone call.
In the meantime, we knew the next step was for us to sit down with the landlord and lay out the situation and see what options we had since we still have 8 months left on our lease here. We knew that we had the following options.
- Rach would stay in CA when I went to AZ and I would send money back for us to pay the lease over the next 8 months. After it was paid for she would come out to AZ.
- We ask her brother Gareth for the money needed to pay off the lease. With her parents being cosigners and with us trying to fix our credit break and run was NOT an option.
- We sublet the apartment and pray to God that whoever we get to sublet actually pays the rent. We were not sure if this was even an option since many places do not like subletting apartments.
We sat down with the landlord today and let me tell you it was the weirdest thing in the world. We told her the issues and the problems and about the job in AZ and the first thing out of her mouth was “When can I start showing the apartment?” Essentially what it comes down to is she is letting us out of the lease on account of the fact that there is a waiting list on the apartments and she has people lined up to take over. We did not even think there WAS an option 5 and so she knew we were a bit shocked at the news but we were also amazingly relieved.
Now we want for the teleconference. As son as I get that call I will know two things. First, I will know what I will be getting paid, the hours I will work and I will get to (verbally at least) meet Linda. Second, there is a summer session at the school that starts the first week in June. I am going to ask if I can work that for/with them in order to be able to start saving money over the summer. If this is the case I will be leaving in 3 weeks or so. If not, school itself does not actually start til the first week in August and so that gives me a bit more time to deal with all of this, day my goodbyes and put this all together mentally. Personally, I would prefer ption 1, but we will see what they offer me.
So, for now, that is where we stand. As soon as I have said teleconference I will write more regarding where we go from here. Until then, fiat voluntas tua!