Relocation and Hard Knocks

And just when we thought we had hit our stride and things were looking bright, a dark shadow fell across our lives. My husband's employer began to show signs of economic stress.

Over the course of the next year we began to make contingency plans and create an exit plan. Resumes were updated, trusted colleagues were alerted to the fact that he was "on the market" and we began to get our books in order.

My own job, as a teacher, was unstable. Monthly I would get a reminder that my contract ended on the last day of school. And as the end of school approached I still did not have a contract or letter of intent. The state budget was a mess. They never tell you how disposable teachers are in our society.

We sat there one night watching the clock as one job offer expired, hoping that another would come through in the morning. There was a substantial gap in pay, but one involved relocation. However, the one requiring relocation had a salary that we could survive on, and the other required my salary to make ends meet. And things were still not looking stable.

We decided to take our chances, even if it required a relocation.

My husband started a new job June 1st. He was away from home for a month training. Upon hire we were looking at 3-5 years before relocation, that soon shrank to 12-18 months. It sounded like a long way away.


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