I mentioned my husband got bad news at work last week. Well, come next month, he’s going to be a stay-at-home dad, at least for a while. His biggest concern was the children. He doesn’t want them to face hardship.
I reminded him they don’t cost that much. They have more toys than they can play with, and when they do play, they prefer the mud out back. They have more clothes than they can wear, and when we do buy clothes, it’s at the Other Mother’s sale where we spend a whole $2 to get a garbage bag full. Their biggest expense is daycare, and that’s going to be a non-issue with daddy at home.
Still he worries.
He worries not only for us, but also for the group he’s leaving behind. We first met at work. We were in the same call-center training class 10 years ago. He became part of the IT Staff as a Systems Administrator, a position open for 24 hours with 65 applications and only one person (him) chosen for the job. That company got bought out by another, and after the merge, the new world-wide company didn’t quite know how to classify my husband’s job. It hadn’t had a revolving-door call center where employees shared computers and needed to be able to move seats on the fly. But he kept the center running smoothly, despite permission changes and corporate bureaucracy. After several reclassifications, they placed him in a group with other misfits called Mobile Services. (He’s a Sys Admin for a call-center, not really Mobile Services…)
This month, they chopped that group.
Once my husband heard the news, he did some chopping of his own. He went from this:
He pranked a few people, tucking his detached ponytail beneath a beanie, commenting about the stress, and then yanking out his hair. Many people stared at him in shock. But even to the end, he’s making sure the call-center supervisors, agents, and trainers are taken care of. They’ll probably struggle, but they’ll survive and adapt.
Change can be good. Let’s just hope it turns out that way for us.
Have you faced any life changes lately? How do you handle change?