Friday, September 24, 2010
Do I stay or Do I go now?
The strangest thing happened to me today, my English student proposed that I work for him.
Apparently, he´s looking for an executive secretary and asked me to name my price. Really? Name my price? $1 million dollars!
Ok, I didn´t go that far. I asked him what the hours were and he said that I didn´t answer the question. Well how am I going to answer the question if I don´t know anything about the job!
So I said R$5,000 a month. Just fell out of my big old mouth. He said could be. Could be? Is that before or after taxes? Can I ask for more?
But that is, seriously, a difficult question to answer. In my mind, he´s asking me how much life as I know it is worth?
It´s priceless! Of course I´d like to play with the idea and R$5,000 a month is nothing to scoff at. But how could I part with my boys? I can´t help but feel that the increased financial ease would calm a section of my and my husband´s brains but not benefit our kids. It breaks my heart to think of them in school full time.
Get a Nanny! Oh I see how it is. Of course it would be cheaper than paying for full time school and they could, more or less, continue with life as normal. But it wouldn´t be Mom. Call me an egomaniac but it would kill me to have someone else taking my kids to the park or helping them get dressed.
I want to be here when they are sick. I want to be able to keep them home if they really don´t feel like going and I don´t have class. And I just really want to be around.
Of course I´m being all dramatic before I even have a job offer. It was just something put out there for consideration. I mean, I don´t write well in Portuguese (which I mentioned) and I have no experience as an executive secretary. Of course, that has never stopped me before.
And yes, my kids would be fine. Kids all over the world are at school/daycare while their parents work and they don´t have any more complexes than anyone else.
The funniest part of all, I didn´t think he enjoyed our classes or liked me that much at all. Don´t get me wrong, we get along great but he always has something to say something. You know what I mean?
Well, go figure. Just when you think you might be slipping, you get a good review.