Hello, my beautiful goobers. I’ve been quiet so far this year on this blog. I
occasionally rarely post pictures over on Instagram and slightly more often over on Tumblr, but there’s been too much to say, and not enough words to say it. Now, I feel like I can speak again. Our little family has some big news, but first, let me recap a little so you know where we were coming into 2018.
Early last year, before we bought Eddie Mae, our Nissan Rogue, we were having bike problems. It happens in the cold, so it’s not unexpected. But what was unexpected was a brief, 24-48 hour period where Sir Joshimus had been fired from Walmart and then reinstated. We didn’t talk about it at the time, but it made what was already a difficult situation (because Walmart is a toxic work environment) nearly impossible. But Sir Joshimus did what he needed to do to take care of us…of me. And then last September, I finally took a step I never thought I’d take, and started seeing a wonderful therapist. Tara has been amazing at helping me work through issues that needed addressing and giving me the tools to work through and overcome much of my depression. This fall/winter was the easiest I’ve had since we lost the baby. And this September is also when our Salem Jean joined our family.
So there were some major positives that came out of 2017. And there was some major tension at his work that only became worse as the year wore on. So going into this year, we made a decision. After doing a lot of research (me) and some soul searching (himself), the decision was made that Sir Joshimus would apply for an apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 136. We had read that it could take up to 2 years to get into the program and that once you were accepted, you had to sign on for five years (to earn up to a Journeyman). It was a huge commitment for us, to agree to stay in Alabama for another 5-7 years. We’ve lived longer in Alabama than we did in Hattiesburg (together) and Chicago combined. But the chance to learn a skill and work with his hands again – and get away from Walmart – was too good to let that stop us. So he put in his application and we prepared to wait. He has an aptitude test on April 11 to see if he qualifies for the apprenticeship program, since he has no experience.
So now we wait, right?
Well, not so much! Sir Joshimus Rex no longer works for Walmart!! Thanks to the 136, he has a full time job working in the field. Until he qualifies for the apprenticeship program, he’s working through what some of the guys he now works with as the “pre-apprenticeship” program. When he starts the program, he’ll have class in Birmingham, likely on Wednesday nights they told him.
Y’all, this has completely changed our lives. Even though we talked about it, almost constantly, and I understand what working somewhere you hate can do to you, I don’t think I had realized just how much of a toll his job at Walmart had on him. Not until I saw the change in him the day he knew it was over. He’s standing taller. He’s more relaxed. I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about how I let him get to this point. Why I didn’t push him harder to look for something else. But I’m doing my best to set those concerns aside so I can focus on the positive that is happening in our life right now and the positive things that the future is going to bring our way. We’re no longer talking about “well, after we move, he’ll find something new and better”. New and better is here. And maybe instead of moving to one place, we’ll play nomads for a little while, like some of the guys Sir Joshimus is now working with. I think it would do both our spirits some good to roam.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for y’all for now. I can’t promise I’ll get better about posting, but I’ll do my best. Always love and…