Remember last year I talked about how much I missed my job? And then last fall a teeny tiny part-time job fell into my lap? It was going so well. I loved being back at the office, I refreshed my skills and reconnected with some attorneys and judges, but it's all over now.
At this point in my life, my first focus is my family and my boss knew that before she hired me. She insisted my crazy schedule wasn't going to be a problem. But so many things were coming up at home (lots of illness, Nolan in OT, winter break at school, two vacations, etc) and I hadn't been able work much during the day. I was getting everything done on time and I enjoyed doing it, but I'd been working nights and weekends for the past two months, which is not what I was looking for. I seriously considered quitting last month because I was tired of going in to the office after the kids went to bed.
In December, with the addition of some new contracts, the office hired a new full-time receptionist so the paralegal who had been answering phones all day could actually get some work done. The newby is so nice and a hard worker, but doesn't have a background in law, so she was bored during the day. My boss was giving her things to do to keep her busy, since I'm not around during office hours. She was doing more and more and because it doesn't make sense for my boss to pay two assistants, I got the boot.
My boss said she felt horrible and didn't have one single complaint about my work. She told me that everything she ever needed was always right in front of her and I organized the messes her last assistant left. The problem is, I'm just not there. I can't fax things over to other attorneys, run up to the Clerk's office to file pleadings, or put together packets for the investigator on the spot. I totally get it and sort of wondered when she'd realize she needed someone with a more consistent schedule. I also wasn't sure what I was going to do when summer rolled around and couldn't work during the day for fourteen weeks. I'm not about to pay for day camp with the wages from my part-time job. That's just ridiculous.
It's sort of a bummer, but I can't say I'm actually sad about it, and because I was only working about eight hours a week it doesn't have any impact on us financially. My boss told me to call her as soon as I was ready to reenter the work force. As much as I like her, it was a step back in my career, so I don't know if that's something I'll do, but it's nice to know I have that option and an up-to-date reference. It was a good six months, but I started working the week after school started, so I'm excited to have a few minutes to myself when Milo is in preschool!