Although I’m without a job, I’m very busy.
Last week one of the boys was on a school camp, so preparations took some time. They had to sleep in tents, meaning we needed to do some testing with the boys on putting up the tent and packing it again. After a few tests they got the grip of it, and off they were for some exciting days at the island of Fanø ( Fanoe).
Then, the mother of one of my husbands friends passed away, I had to take care of flowers for the funeral and a memorial rose for her garden as a courtesy to our friend.
Friday we went to see my mother, stay for the night and leaving the kids with her. Saturday and Sunday we spent in Flensburg in Germany with my husbands employees, enjoying the magnificent old border town. Picking up the kids again Sunday afternoon and drive back home. Doing laundry, buying groceries and preparing for school.
This week is also a very busy week for me. Yesterday I had my usual Monday meeting about the old hospital building and our youth hostel which we are trying to save from demolition. Also one of the boys had a football match and I had to wash the clothes. Today we are having a meeting with the mayor about this. Later this afternoon, another meeting on my tasks as volunteer at our annual international football cup in July. This evening, the summer party in my youngest’s class (3rd grade) and food I need to prepare for the buffet – pizza.
Tomorrow a friend from Germany is visiting,
Thursday all day with the 8th grade in an amusement park.
Friday bringing tables and chairs for a summer party in the 8th grade.
Finally Saturday we are going to see some neighbours were I must bring the dessert.
So even though I’m jobless I’m not without work…
Right now I’m waiting for replies on two job applications. Next month I will no longer get my salary and I will be on unemployment benefits. Economically we’ll be fine, I’ve well insured – but I just long for a normal everyday. Slowly everyone just takes it for granted that I prepare dinner every day, pick up dirty laundry everywhere in the house, do the groceries, gardening and everything else, even though I still have to look for jobs and write applications. Most jobs have to be applied for in English, and it takes me 10-15 hours to write each.
There are people who are less fortunate than me. I’m well educated, speak English and German fluently, a good and loyal employee, fast learning and have always been well paid.
I’ll cope with the rigid and frustrating unemployment system. Others who are less fortunate, with no or very little education, face a wall of legislative demands, which they don’t necessarily have the skills to master.
I can see it all as an experience and see where life, destiny and my network will bring me.