Friday, March 2, 2018
And...A Job is Lost!
I answered and he said "I'm out!". So he has been laid off or let go. So he was cut and so was several of his coworkers. And while I thought he would be quite sad, he sounded relieved to not have to deal with the stress that was to come if he hadn't been laid off. God's fingerprints are all over this though b/c our prayers had been "what's best". So I can tell God was looking out for us by the package he was given, which gives him significant time to find another job and we'll remain on his insurance for a while. However, if they go bankrupt, I'm not sure they would be able to hold up their end of the bargain for the length of the agreement. That is the downside to that. I brought that up this morning and was chided for being negative. It's my nature to look at all the options and be prepared for them. It's how I was raised. It's also a business thing to do which is also how I was trained. But chided here I sit now feeling guilty for have brought up the point as a precaution. But we can only hope and trust. He has already formed his resume and has began applying places.
The Chicago trip is out, needless to say. That was a bummer but not anywhere compared to the bummer of losing a job you have had for 29 years. Hopefully the guitar company can keep it together and weather the storm. But companies, much like individuals, don't do well when bad decisions are made and they don't keep up with economic trends, or buy companies that are too big for them to afford. There is no bitterness in the household though. As George said, everything we have - is b/c of them - (he temporarily forgot that I work too - but that's ok, lol). It was not the time to argue and say - "no - half of it is".
Hopefully we will be okay. And life will go on from here and we will see where it takes us. Should be an interesting ride. It's definitely a big huge chapter closed in our lives. Twenty Nine years to work in one place is a very long time. George has a double major from Vanderbilt and a lot of experience now at Procurement/Purchasing for a major company - and I heard there is a need for that in Nashville by a recruiter I met with yesterday, who dropped by to bring me my annual "salary guide" that shows what our area pays for jobs.
Til then we will be frugal. We have tons of entertainment at the house, a freezer and pantry full of food, and lots of hope to go around, lots of ideas, resources, networks, family, and friends - many who reached out yesterday. It's good to have that network to reach out to when things go awry so that they can pray for you, give you words of encouragement, and lift you up.
So all that said, the birds are chirping this morning, the coffee is flowing, and the world has not yet ended.