So I had a stroke earlier this year, and I used my FMLA time in rehabilitation, and when I went back to work they fired me because I got the flu. I was out 1 day, I had sick time, but they said I had been out too much in the past, I had, because I had a stroke while sitting at work, which I got written up for, as I did not have available sick time the day it happened, so they fired me.
Anyways, I have never been fired before in my life EVER. I worked my butt of there. I went to work on days I shouldn't have. And worked on my days off and overtime and helped with every stinking extra project there was. And here I am, fired. To say I was hysterical is the understatement of the century. Not only was it humiliating, it was confusing. I didn't know what to do.
I went home and called my husband and sobbed to him, who told me we would be fine. And then I went and picked up my son from Grandma's. He was confused by the early pickup, and then by the sudden change of schedule that week. He asked why I wasn't going to "my building" as he always called it when I went to work. I told him I had been fired. So suddenly I am with my son all the time. And let me tell you my son is loving it. He thinks having Momma home is the greatest thing EVER. He is smiling all the time, happy all the time. And he tells everyone we see "Momma got fired!" with utter delight! At first I cringed in horror. Then I realized he is just happy to have me home all the time. Just happy to have me all to himself day after day. And when he told the grocery checker, and the guy at the pet food store, and everyone we know instead of dying of embarrassment, I smiled. I realized what a great thing it is, time with my son.
I will admit learning to be a SAHM is not easy, I am still confused, and exhausted, but part of that is the stroke talking. And although I am looking for a new job, I will admit my job search is not as diligent as it could be. I am thinking I want to be here for my son. For a long time to come. It means a lot of big lifestyle changes, but I think it might be worth it. Is it wrong that I suddenly look at Momma getting fired as a good thing?