So I was now working full-time, Mike was working part time and things were not great, but ok. I’m really glad we didn’t have a huge debt from our wedding to worry about, as things were pretty tight. Mike hated being at the radio station because management was treating him pretty badly. I was enjoying my job, though. I LOVED clothes and getting a good discount to wear the clothes I sold was a great incentive! However, with money being scarce I didn’t have a lot of money to spend. I did have the opportunity to make a few extra dollars each paycheque as we worked on commission, so hopefully I could offer good customer service and have it pay off in the end. We had the money to pay the rent to Mom and Dad and pretty much keep on top of the few bills we had, but there wasn’t a lot left over for any “extras”.
I thank God to this day that we had Mike’s Mom and grandmother to help us out. Not too many people know this but for the longest time, they both put groceries in our house. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have had the money to have much more than the basics in the house. They made sure we had lots of meat and vegetables and that our cupboards had lots of canned goods.
Mike wanted out of the radio station. It was time for a career change. He loved his career, but didn’t like his place f work anymore. The once fun-filled working environment was so long gone. He started doing what he could to see “what he wanted to be when he grew up”…lol. My cousin worked for a local dairy delivery milk and Mike began going out with him a few times a week. It gave him some pocket money and got him out of the house. My cousin knew a lot of people because of his job and he was great in helping Mike network with a lot of different business people. Also around the same time the fire department was the recipient of some grant money to fix up the hall. Mike applied and got 20 weeks full time on the grant. He learned a lot about gyprocking and he felt as though he was once again contributing to running the house.
He soon realized that small jobs here and there was just not going to cut it. He had to take drastic measures. It was time to return to school, get some upgrading and see what’s out there. Mike talked to a counselor at the then “unemployment office” and was told what courses he could take that would offer him funding. Off to our community college he went and decided to do a general upgrade before he got into anything specific. He got his funding for that program so then he was good to go. After completing that course, he took a second one geared more towards business and computers. Again, he received funding and was able to receive further education and still make ends meet. He loved working with computers and excelled at his program. He attended on-the-job-training a our local hospital in the IT department where my Dad worked. He was agin, able to meet lots of people and get his face “out there”.
Unfortunately, once his course was finished he was not able to secure employment at the hospital at that time, but he had a whole new world opened up to him. He had a great resume and was ready to hit the streets!
Shortly thereafter he heard through the Emergency Services grapevine that the municipality was going to be hiring dispatchers for their 911 call-centre. What could be more perfect??? He had lots of experience with handling emergencies as a firefighter, he had geat speaking abilities because of his many years in radio and was now knowledgeable with computers. Sounds like this could be perfect for Mikey! He applied and made it through many stages of interviews. Were we fooling ourselves by getting excited?
All the interviews were over and we were just waiting to hear if he was successful. While we were waiting for what seemed to be forever, Mike’s grandmother passed away. It was a very sad and trying time. But like she always said, every time something bad happens, something good comes right behind it. She was once again correct. The day we buried her we were all sitting in her living room later that evening and the phone rang. It was for Mike. He was out in the kitchen for the longest time and when I went out to see what was up, he had a grin on frm ear to ear. He got the job!!! Now it was only casual to strat with, but it was something. Once he got his foot in the door, who knew what could happen. Everyone’s saddness turned to joy when he came in and announced the news. It was, in my opinion, perfect timing!
There was lots of training and a few courses for him to complete, but from the moment he walked into the communications centre I could tell he was hapier than he had been in a long, long time! Things are starting to look up…I hope!
Until next time…