Sha na na na, sha na na na na

June 13, 2009

My brother, Mark, would have been 42 years old today.  These “significant days” are harder to bear than regular ones.  Mark’s twin, Mike, will have his own particular pain to deal with today.   My heart goes out to him, and to my parents and other siblings.  We all miss Mark so much.

As for physical pain, I’ve been suffering even more than usual lately.  The worst of it is that the scary headaches are back.  Living with chronic pain takes so much out of me.  By the time I get home from work, I’m too exhausted, both physically and mentally, to do much of anything.  Weekends aren’t much better, although I do push myself to get out of the house as much as possible.  It’s too easy to fall into a depression when I’m trapped inside for long periods of time.    It’s bad enough to be trapped in this pain-ravaged body.  I need all the distractions I can get.

Something else that is causing me stress (which adds to the pain) is that I will only be receiving one more paycheck until September.  This is quite disturbing because we can’t live on Daniel’s salary alone.   I applied for summer school about a month ago, and have been anxiously awaiting word about whether or not I got the job.

On Wednesday, My Friend informed me that she had received an email from the summer school principal informing her that she had been recommended to teach summer school.   I became distressed upon hearing that, and emailed the principal to ask if a decision had been made about the summer school Teaching Assistant position.  I reminded her that I have held the position since it was created, with the exception of the past two summers when I was unable to work because of back pain that was the result of a work-related incident.   (It should also be noted that the principal at the time the TA position was first created lobbied for it with me in mind.)

Ms. Summer School principal responded to my email by asking how many years I held the position, and saying that she has to check the “union issue.”  I suppose that means that the person who was assigned the position during the summers when I was unable to work has applied for it again this year.  However, it is my understanding that seniority is a factor, so I should get the assignment.  Also, I should not be penalized because I was unable to work due to an injury I sustained on the job.

I am a nervous wreck about this situation.  If I don’t get the summer school position, we are up the creek without a paddle.  Even if I do work summer school, it will only be 16 hours a week for six weeks.  We still won’t be able to make ends meet.  But, without that extra money, we will be in serious trouble.

All positive thoughts will be much appreciated.

Song of the Day:  Get a Job by The Silhouettes

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13 Responses to “Sha na na na, sha na na na na”

  1. Carol said

    sending you positive thoughts. I hope you get thejob.

  2. sasha said

    I hope you get that job! I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.

  3. Allison said

    I’m definitely sending positive thoughts. Hope you get the job!!!

  4. Jim said

    I dunno about your contract, but in Nancy’s school system that is a strict seniority-based decision.

  5. terri t. said

    I hope seniority rules for you and you get the job. Have you ever done tutoring? My sister used to do that to make extra money….and she worked for Sylvan but I don’t think the pay was very good.
    I imagine those headaches are caused by the stress of not knowing about the job.
    I am sorry about the reminder of your brother’s passing…I am sure it is always difficult for you and your entire family

  6. i’m keepimng my fingerd cross4ed for you (tyoed this with my fingers crissed)

  7. Sharon said

    Sending lots of positive thoughts your way.

    I was going to suggest tutoring also.

  8. LA said

    Ya, it goes by senority. The old principal at Mick’s school tried to jump his pet to the head of the line one year over Mick and the union ripped that doofus principal a new one. Needless to say, Mick worked that summer. If you got first dibs then you got first dibs, Ms Summer Principal can lump it. ~LA

  9. Hoping for the best for you!! Hugs hugs.

  10. Holly said

    Sending postive energy your way. Things are over tight here too.

  11. Michael said

    More positive thoughts from here. You shouldn’t even have to fight for that position, because you’re entitled to it morally, and also legally as far as I can tell.

  12. BT said

    Sending my best wishes. If I could, I’d send crumble too.

  13. Sunshyn said

    In my neck of the woods, two districts simply canceled summer school, period. No money. Roo gets summer school, but they have him on the bus for over an hour between the school and the daycare, less than ten minutes apart, because they have to pick up at two more schools after they get him. They wanted to pick him up from home at 6:15 a.m. for 8:00 a.m. class, so I declined. Looks like Wicked is going to make him get on a 6:15 bus on Fridays. That’ll look good for her in court, no? Hope you get the/a better job. Maybe you should look into getting certifications for special ed. There’s lots of federal $$ there.

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