Remember when I said I had a couple of big things to share with you?
Well, one of them is that we are moving house in June. It may not sound like that big of a deal – people move all the time, right? The Boy and I will be moving 900 miles away, which means new house, new state, new everything. And if you know anything about kids with autism, you know what a big deal this will be.
It also means a new job, and most likely a new career for me. After (wait, I have to count…) 16 and a half years of teaching in the public schools, I will be done. And that is also a big deal.
As you can imagine, there are so many emotions that we are both feeling… And this is why I am sharing this now. It will be a process, and more and more, when I am brainstorming my blog posts, I find it harder and harder to not include this huge piece of what’s in store for us.
These are my answers to the most common questions I hear:
Why are you moving?
We’re moving because life is too short to be miserable doing what you are doing, and life is also too short to be living far away from the people you love.
Won’t it be hard on The Boy?
Yes, it will. He has a great school here, and great people that love him, but change isn’t necessarily bad. He is leaving elementary school, anyway, and the good thing is that he will have two adults in his household now, as well as grandparents that are 10 minutes away, instead of 14 hours away.
What will you do for a living?
I’m not sure. I have a lot of experience and education that are applicable to other fields. I may teach community college, I can tutor and teach private lessons. The Man and I would also like to open our own business or start our own nonprofit (or both). We have lots of options.
Isn’t that kind of irresponsible? Leaving a good job with benefits and not having anything lined up?
Probably, but I’m not stupid. I’m a smart cookie and have done my research. I’m getting my ducks in a row, paying down debt and saving everything I can. We will not have a mortgage payment or rent, so we will have a roof over our heads. In my book, wasting your life living for the weekends is the irresponsible thing to do.
So, it is with mixed emotions that I share this news. I grew up here, have great friends and colleagues here, and have watched my boy thrive here. But I am also very excited for what challenges the future holds, and excited to be somewhere where we both have daily support from the people we love.
I’ll keep you posted 🙂