Monday, October 25, 2010
I want that Carioca job!
I can't figure out, for the life of me, what a quarter of the parents of the kids at my kids' school do for a living. Seriously, it's mind boggling.
It reminds me of weekday Ipanema beach goers. When my parents were visiting, I took my them there on a random Tuesday morning, around 11ish. My Dad turned and asked me if it was a holiday. Nope. Then why in the hell aren't these people at work or school?!
That is a good question. Any given beautiful Rio de Janeiro day, Ipanema, Copacabana, and Leblon will be pretty full considering it's a weekday. They can't all be students or mooching off their working parents. They can't all have won the lottery, be software geniuses retired at 35, or only work nights and weekends.
What gives? What is the Carioca secret no one is sharing with me?!
That's what's throwing me off with about 1/4 of the parents at my kids' school. Let me explain, school starts at 1pm, middle of the workday. The majority of these guys get dropped off by extended family or a maid, a school bus, or are in school full time. There are also a few stay-at-home parents who bring the little rug rats in.
Then there's the magical 1/4. Sometimes the Father drops off the kid at 1pm. Sometimes the Mother. Sometimes it's both of them. Sometimes I see the Mother dropping off the kid and then run into the Father just cruising the neighborhood.
No, these are not stay-at-home parents. And I don't think there are that many independently wealthy families sending their kids to our tree-hugging, hippie friendly, Harvard school of finger painting.
So where on Earth do these people work and can my husband work there? My husband can sometimes get off early to pick the kiddies up but no, he's not doing drop off duty or anything close to that. And the job must pay decently if they can afford the tuition. Even with a discount, it's nothing to scoff at.
So here is our mission. We must discover the secret to the wandering Carioca. How do they make their livelihood? And are they hiring?