September 18, 2010 § Leave a comment
Eucatastrophe; it’s a word that Tolkien used to describe a phenomenon when all seemed to be at its darkest, and there seems to be no hope, something good happens against all odds and takes everyone by surprise thereby changing the course of history. I had mine today.
I had a rough start to the day, Daisy woke Maranda and I up at 4am and refused to go back to bed despite all of our efforts to get her back to sleep. I had to be up early too. I needed to be up to deposit a check in order to have money for the weekend, we were dangerously low on cash and we needed to get groceries. If I didn’t get this check deposited in time then we would be out of luck until Tuesday due to the banks highly inconvenient system of check processing.
So I rush to the bank minutes before work only to be told that they can’t deposit my check as cash, so I go to another check cashing facility and they can’t cash it either. Finally I find a place to cash my check after three goes at it, now I am late for work though I had warned my supervisor that I might be. My wife is stressed and worried because I told her I’d call her when I got this done, but I was running so late that I couldn’t call her and now I am late and I just forfeited my lunch break because of my tardiness. I was tired, hungry, stressed, and sleep deprived. It was going to be a rough day.
Then hours into a thankless job, one where everyone complains all day because it’s stressful- and promotions never happen, I get a call back about an interview. The potential employer wanted me come in right after I’d be getting off work for an interview; I was not looking all that presentable. Ducking in a dark corner and lowering my voice I knew I couldn’t delay this call. I needed a shower, a shave, and I knew was not dressed for the occasion. I tried to see if I could reschedule my interview, but the woman was insistent on having it today. My luck couldn’t be any worse sometimes, and today was starting to feel a lot like a prank.. Then after a long tiring shift on my feet, I am driving and calling my wife in a rush to get directions to my interview. I am exited and nervous and racing to get to other side of town; I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make it.
When I got there I knew I wasn’t presentable, yet despite my repeated apologies for my appearance, everything went exceedingly well. I had the interview and I got the job. This job is great for me being that it means a few things, one of which is that I now don’t have to worry about balancing two part-time jobs and having to work odd hours and night shifts. It means I’ll mean being able to work the regular 9-5, not having to be on my feet, I’ll get my own desk and personal space working in an office, and at almost 29 years old all of this is sounding really appealing. The pay is not just good but great, and I’ll have full benefits which means I don’t have to worry about not being able to provide for my wife adequately so that she can stay home with our 3 month old daughter and we’ll all have health care. Everyone I met in the office is down to earth, friendly, and I can already tell that I’m going to love my new job.
It’s honestly still sinking in, I’m almost shocked because I think I had almost become accustomed to things going wrong all the time, but this time this is something very good, and it is very real. My birthday is coming up Sunday, I traditionally haven’t really cared for my birthdays being that I have not been very pleased with where I was at in life. But now, at almost 29, I feel genuinely excited about celebrating another year to be alive.