Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Where Does the Time Go?

Where has 30 years gone?

In five days and about two weeks shy of turning 59, I begin a new career as a high school guidance counselor and will finally be using my college degrees in an "official" capacity.

This week I'm working 14 hour days wrapping up jobs, notifying my clients (some of whom I've had for 30 years) and going out this weekend to buy "office clothes".  My wardrobe consists of jeans, t-shirts and stuff I wear under a cassock on Sunday that no one can or should see.  I had one button down white shirt that I wore to the wedding and we discovered we left in Montana the morning of my second interview.  I found another shirt that faked it well enough to land me the job as long as I didn't take my sport coat off. 

There's a lot of mixed feelings to say the least. More later when I can breathe....

22 comments:

Ruth said...

so glad you got the job. Best wishes for the transition. I know the immense value a guidance counselor is to students on the edges.

James the Thickheaded said...

Sooooo.... moving to Montana? Fr. Mel's old stomping ground? I mean, "Whither goest thy shirt, thou must go."

elizabeth said...

wow; big change for sure; but sounds like a good one!

Tim of Angle said...

Plastics.

s-p said...

Tim, LOL! Perfect!

Oregon Mom said...

Wow, how exciting! The kids are going to be so lucky to have you.

Clint said...

I am glad you got the job. I know it is a major transition, but I also know you will enjoy the regular paychecks. Praying for you, my friend.

David B said...

Congrats! Thought about doing guidance counseling once upon a time.

So, wait. Where was the wedding and where was the second interview. Sorry to be pedantic, but I can't tell if you left the shirt in Montana after the interview THERE, or if you realized you'd left the shirt in Montana (following a wedding) on the day you had a second interview elsewhere. Meh. Grammar geeks... ;)

Poppy said...

HA!!! a guidance counsellor??? SWEET!! If you need any advice lolz

Anonymous said...

Wedding: Montana
Shirt: still in Montana
Interview: Mesa, AZ
Job: Mesa, AZ
Heart: San Francisco?

-wifey

Keith said...

But what about your podvig? ;)

Anonymous said...

congratulations. i think you will do a great job helping steer kids along their paths.

Alexander The Mediocre said...

High School counselor!? Great news! Good luck with the parrents though.. (I'm sure you'll do great with the kids, it's the grown-ups I worry about..)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! Just try to remember not to track the gum into your home. Some campus grounds look like they have the measles...;) kay

Rusmeister said...

Wishing you the best!
I'm the guy in Russia you and Bill had an OSB NT sent to, listen to your podcast whenever you post, wish you and Bill were still cranking out the OLIC (and wondering whatever happened to Bill?)
Is it a public school? If so, wow! (From an ex-public school teacher) You might find it essential (and difficult) to fly under the radar.
Hoping it goes very well!

Grace said...

I think you'll make a GREAT guidance counselor. I wish there were more Orthodox in roles like this. I may have terrible tunnel vision, but I think having a Church set of beliefs and principles is an incredible help in helping others with their podvig -- especially all the people who have never heard the word.

Dion said...

Wow, Steve. That's great news about the job. I, too, am making a big career change. Moving from audio production, which I have been doing for 17+ years, to clerking for a county circuit court judge here in Michigan. I am half way through law school and the time has come to start acting as well as thinking legal. It is scary and exciting all at the same time, especially since the money is not that great starting out. In a way, I kind of know how you are feeling right now. Anyway, I know you will do great.

PS - how is your daughter doing now that she is out practicing? Take care and we will definitely come visit when we are back in the Phoenix area.

Anonymous God-blogger said...

It's a shame about having to dress up, but many congratulations on the job. I think this will be one of the most significant ministries of your life. I think there will be innumerable holy surprises--weird ambiguous situations in which there will be no preset formula you can count on, so you'll have to rely on the Spirit. And may all your mistakes be blessed experiments in grace. Have a wonderful time, and don't forget to swallow your chewing gum when you see the principal heading your way.

Dana said...

That's great news, Steve. It's good to know that my first-year teaching tales didn't deter you from pursuing this new vocation! I believe it will be very rewarding, if not challenging. The kids will be very blessed to have you as their counselor.

Check out my latest blog entry re: the exit surveys I handed out at the end of the year. That was all I needed to reinforce my belief that maybe--just MAYBE--I should keep teaching. :-)

Anonymous said...

"And in this diagram, little Cody-Jordan, we can see that your choices don't matter; you are if you do and you are if you don't."

--from Guidance Counselor Steve's last day on the job

Mimi said...

May it be a blessed job indeed.

Jason said...

Steve, congrats on the new job. I think you will make a great counselor. Here's wishing you many good and interesting years to come.