2.) Have you ever been fired?
I’ve never been fired, but I have been put in the awkward position of having to quit without giving any notice which is so unlike me that I STILL feel guilty about it to this day.
I worked at a popular and well known childcare center when I was in college and it was one of the worst centers I’ve ever been affiliated with. I was on the 6am – 3pm shift, but often stayed as late as they needed me because we were so low staffed.
We would literally have people show up for their first day on the job only to have them disappear on their lunch break. One teacher called it Children’s Hell because the kids behavior was so outrageous. I felt really pleased to have been a lead teacher in the school age classroom within my first year of working and when I was asked to take over the 4 year old classroom for the first half of the day I really felt like my ability to tame rowdy children had finally been recognized.
Parents, when a 19 year old girl is your child’s lead teacher let that be a red flag to you. I did a fine job, but most certainly the head teacher of a classroom should have some kind of experience under her belt.
I was over worked and under appreciated at this daycare, but I liked having a paycheck and I really liked working with some of the other head teachers in the building.
My problem occurred when my college volleyball season started and we were scheduled for a tournament in Arizona that I simply forgot to give notice for. The trip crept up and my boss had no idea it was on the horizon. I knew she didn’t have any staff prepared to cover my absence…so I quit.
Common sense says I could have “done the right thing” and just told her that I made a mistake, hadn’t thought things through and that I had to leave, but would be back in a few days…but that would have been too…honest.
Instead, I managed to pull up all the angry feelings I had about the job and on my way out confronted my boss about how I just couldn’t do this anymore, I wasn’t appreciated, everything was too hard, people were rude, etc etc “I’m OUT OF HERE!”
I wasn’t prepared for my boss to beg me to stay and deep down in my fake angry little heart I felt terrible. I wanted to tell her the truth, but I was in too deep…I had to stick to my guns.
“No, I’m just…I can’t TAKE IT anymore. I have to go.”
It was the worst self firing ever and I’m still embarrassed about it, but the Grand Canyon was amazing.
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1.) A memorable Spring Break.
2.) Have you ever been fired?
3.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: Reflection
4.) Tell us about a blog post you didn’t publish.
5.) Write a list of things kids say that adults can’t get away with.