I've been waiting to write about this until things settled down a bit more and we'd come up with something of a plan. NO, I'm not pregnant. Way more exciting than that.
Greg was laid off two weeks ago. Don't worry, I was kidding about the exciting part.
We have now joined the thousands of families who have been affected the economic crisis. We found out in July that his job might be in jeopardy, but when he was let go almost three weeks ago it still came as a shock. A few years ago neither of us would have been that upset, but when Greg came home in the middle of the day, three Fridays ago, officially jobless, we both felt mildly panicked.
Everything is different when you have a kid.
Our main goal these days is to give Veronica a good life. Granted, there are ALL kinds of good lives, but the one we thought we were working on had just taken a detour. We spent the weekend trying to buoy our spirits and figure out how to stay afloat. We came up with plans and reminded ourselves over and over that this might actually be a really good thing.
And it's honestly starting to look that way.
I haven't written about this either, but Greg and I have been making plans to move back to California sometime next year. We started a CA savings account with our tax return back in the spring, and we've been slowly adding to it over the summer months. To prepare for the move we have even begun the painstaking process of ridding ourselves of unnecessary junk, selling books on Amazon and putting up other random stuff for sale on craig's list. Every cent made goes into the CA fund.
Greg losing his job definitely changes things, but as we've discovered over the last few weeks, it's not necessarily for the worst. Greg is already working on some really exciting writing projects, some of which will help sustain us, and others of which may have a serious future. In the meantime I'm going to continue working part-time and will be able to keep all of us covered with insurance and all that boring adult stuff that needs to be taken care of. We had to let our nanny go, which was devastating to all involved, but I found her a new family to work with, and we plan to continue using her as a babysitter occasionally so that she and Veronica can stay connected.
Speaking of Veronica, the girl has been elated to have her father around full-time. A good thing, since he's going to be playing Mr. Mom for the forseeable future.
(Greg feeding Veronica an apple from a tree in his parent's backyard in Ohio last weekend.)
Daddeeeeeeee, has been the resounding echo heard in our house for the last few weeks, and Veronica has even taken to making Greg and I kiss each other whenever we are in close proximity. She is clearly thrilled with all the family time. I couldn't be happier to have him around either.
Parenting has changed our relationship a lot. It's turned us into two people who split a whole bunch of tasks down the middle and try our best not to lose our minds while completing them. Getting to spend more time together, and to have more time in general, has eased up on the task-iness of life, and allowed me to appreciate Greg so much more again. I was just thinking last night how much I like him. A funny thing to think about your husband, right? Just another reason to be glad the economy is in the toilet, huh?
So, yeah. That's where we are right now. Heading into a new fall season, and a new season of our marriage and family. I feel certain that there are amazing things in store for all of us. I feel a funny little shiver these days, a quiet excitement thrumming inside of me. The three of us are building something together, and it's beginning to take shape.