Saturday, January 15, 2011

Didn't See that Coming

This morning we needed to be at the church at 10:00 to put Christmas decorations away. I called Daughter twice, the second time a little after 9:00. She'd been in bed by 9:00 last night, so she'd had plenty of sleep. I decided that today was a day she could stay home. I wouldn't have to leave the church to come pick her up, she could stay here until I got done with the grocery shopping and came home.
I was kind of surprised that she didn't call. I had locked up the electronics and the food, though I knew she had managed to unlock the pantry in the past. I had promised her lunch out this morning if she cooperated, so I decided to drive through and get lunch for myself after the shopping. As I was picking up my food (about 12:25), she finally called. "Hi, Mom. Are you at home?"
The greeting shocked me a bit. "No, I'm not home. Where are you?"
"I'm out looking for a job."
"I'm headed home now, and I think you'd better head home, too."
She filled out an application in a place of business, brought one application home, and has the website to apply for another place. I doubt she'll get any of the jobs. I have to say, I'm impressed that she had the initiative to walk over half a mile to the businesses. It sounds like she avoided crossing the busy streets, so she was relatively safe. I really didn't see that coming.
She's drying the dishes I just finished washing. I told her she could earn TV if she was super cooperative this afternoon. She's set that as a goal. I think I'll continue to leave her home if she doesn't get up. I'm done bugging her about it. Maybe eventually she'll actually get a job. Interestingly, on the one application she put that she was only available in the evenings-- she wants to continue in her program.


maeve said...

I love it~

Anonymous said...

That's amazing. What kind of jobs did she apply for?

Reverend Mom said...

I'm not sure. I think she was applying in various stores. We live about 1/2 a mile from the main commercial strip in Capital. She said she didn't apply in any of the food places. (She had food careers in high school, but doesn't want the temptation of working around food. Her high school wouldn't train her for anything else. Sigh.)