Two Weeks Notice

Dear Employer,

I apologize that I have not done the job I was hired to do.  I know you thought I was capable but I guess I should have read the job description a little bit closer and not embellished my proficiency.  This is definitely not a job I can do any longer, and to be honest I’m not sure anyone is cut out for this job.  The pay is terrible, there are no vacation days, I don’t get a lunch break, I work WAY over 40 hours a week to the point that I’m pretty sure its not legal (I mean who works full time and still has to be on call for the graveyard shift 7 days a week??), I didn’t receive any training prior to my first day, my employees are disrespectful, and most days I feel that I haven’t made a friend since I’ve been here.  It really is the hardest job anyone could ever have.  So thank you for the chance to give it a try, but I am putting in my notice now.  I hope the workplace doesn’t fall apart without me, considering I am the only one in charge of almost everything here.

Sincerely,

Your {soon to be ex} disgruntled employee

This, of course, is not a real letter.  But if I could quit my job today, this is what I would say.  I have just spend the last full two hours rocking a hysterically screaming baby while a two year old cried in the next room and there was nothing I could do for either one of them.  I haven’t showered or had lunch yet so I feel and look much like a zombie, but I put blogging first because I still hear some rustling sounds coming from the baby room and I’m not sure I have time to shower now.

The terrible thing is that when I think that maybe I should get a job, I have no idea what job I would do that would be worth leaving my home for.  I’m not qualified for any job besides working at the grocery store or a restaurant.  I’ve always wanted to be a professional dancer (something else I thought I’d post about today so maybe later) but I live in a small country town and that is clearly not an option.  I’ve tried for 6 years to be successful at teaching some sort of dance but it almost always ends up backfiring.  And now the position that I thought was meant for me has been taken over by a middle aged man who has never danced before (no offense if you happen to be reading this, you really are great).  Note to self: Don’t take maternity leave and expect things to not change while you’re gone.

So maybe I shouldn’t quit my day job.  They say that one day I’ll look back and cherish these memories.  Maybe I should just go on strike seeking higher pay.

UPDATE. 1 HOUR LATER:

After writing this and feeling pretty proud of my observations about the difficulties of motherhood, someones words sort of fell into my lap.  And I need to share because while it doesn’t change anything it does put things into perspective.  So if you’re reading my words with your fist pumping in the air and feeling validated like I did that your job is so tough and you deserve praise, you also need to read these words.

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5 thoughts on “Two Weeks Notice

  1. Wow! That was wonderful. So funny!… yet so sad at the same time. You really are an amazing writer, ya know? I enjoyed it so much (along with the one you shared). I agree, Motherhood is SO underrated and you did such a perfect job of defining all of its absent benefits. I guess all I can suggest is to keep that 401k (figuratively speaking) firmly in your minds eye…

    Anyway, I just want you to know that I think you are an absolutely amazing mom along with being one of the most multi-talented individuals I have ever known.. (Please don’t argue with me on either of those points because I will win!) Sometimes I think we see ourselves very, very differently from what others do. Love your new blog!

  2. I completely agree with Mom, you are amazing in every way. You have been such an amazing example to me my whole life, and I’m so grateful for you. And your kids will feel the same way, cause you’re wonderful.

  3. I so enjoyed your posts. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. It is a gift. Young motherhood is a slog, it is simply hard. You have this small window of opportunity to invite children into your family. It does end, you end up with only the children you created. And then as they marry and have children, your extended family becomes everything to you. That is the point of it all. And maybe it helps to remember the point of it all. God bless you and yours.

  4. Whitney you are an absolutely incredible woman and mother. It isn’t everyone who could handle what you are doing. You definitely top my list of people that I admire. With all the demands that are placed upon you, (as well as the low pay), I don’t blame you at all for feeling like turning in your two-weeks notice. I’m sure there are days when you feel like you simply can’t endure it for another minute. Remember, this won’t last forever, and just tell yourself “This too shall pass”. It will be gone before you know it. When you feel stressed out, try singing that little song I told you about: “I am Happy Today”. It may reduce the stress as well as calm the children, and produce a feeling of Well Being for everyone. Being on call 24 hours a day is exausting, and it’s OK to let a lot of things you thought were important go. Consider how lonely it would be if you couldn’t have children, like some other people I know. You are so fortunate to have 4 precious children. Try to enjoy them while they are little. When they are little, they have little problems. When they are big, they have big problems.
    I love you! Hang in there! Grandma

  5. Can I just say that you are amazing?!? I’m in total awe of how you handle everything. Without such a space between my three, I’m not so sure how I would handle it and you make it look so effortless. I know that outside appearances are decieving but I always believe that “You fake it til you make it.”

    Being a mother is sooo hard but if anyone can do it, it is you. Just keep doing the best you can. Your kids aren’t going to remember or even care if you are not dressed or that things aren’t running smoothly. All they will remember is the fact that you were home with them when they were young and that in itself is priceless. No job, in my opinion, can leave such a impression in their minds. I totally understand the “survival mode” and how life seems to blur from one day to the next. All I can say is….breathe. You are meant for this job because Heavenly Father only gives us what we can handle. Just think He sent us two at once! He must have a whole lot of faith in ou and I. Please know that I will help you as much as I can. You just have to call.

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