I’ve just realised that I’m alone in cyberspace….not one person has commented on this site! Does that mean that nobody has read it? Or simply that they didn’t read anything worthy of comment? Admittedly, I haven’t given this site’s address to anybody, but you would think that somwhere in the world somebody may have stumbled across it accidentally….
What have I been up to lately? As little as possible. The in-laws came for a visit on Saturday. We went for a drive, had lunch at the pub, drank copious amounts of tea. Sunday’s weather was very ordinary. I was in a very ordinary mood, and finished up taking myself off to bed for a snooze. I cooked a lovely lamb roast for dinner, and Mum shared that with us.
Work this week has been a mixture of satisfying and stressful. Every now and then you have the opportunity to do something meaningful for a customer, which makes it really rewarding. Or you simply have an interesting conversation with someone, such as the man whose son has won a scholarship to play golf at an American college. Little snippets of people’s lives, that they share with you, can be very special. On the down side, there are some huge frustrations too. Such as the newly arrived, who believe it is their God given right to receive money from the Australian Government. No joke, they step off the plane, and they have their hand out! One of them yesterday asked me how he could get more money! I felt like telling him to try getting a job like the rest of us! "Oh, I only get $4o0 per fortnight, I need more money". Well, poor you. My government, for whom I work, and to whom I have paid tax for nigh on 16 years, gives me no money per fortnight! I, like many, many others, must work for my living!
On a brighter note, I have made at least one good friend at work. She is great. She makes me laugh, she’s intelligent, and exceptionally good at her job, despite having the same issues with it as I do. In fact, all the people in my team are good value. It’s been good to meet them and get to know them.
I had another job interview the other day, this time working in child protection. They have checked my referees, so maybe that’s a good sign and I’ll hear an offer soon. I’m really unsure as to whether or not to go for it if I do get an offer. It’s a position which will utilise my degree, in fact I had to have the degree just to apply. On the other hand….child protection? Me? I can picture myself bringing little waifs home for a feed and a cuddle. Not that the job is designed for that type of behaviour! I can also picture myself having very harsh words with certain individuals over how they choose to live and raise their kids……..it may not be the right line of work for someone with my mouth! The money is better, but the burn out rate is high. They have a massive turnover of staff, which makes me wonder what sort of organisation it really is. It would also depend on where they were offering the position. I do NOT wish to travel any further than I already do. Nor do I wish to work here in the Nock, because it’s too close to home. God, I might remove someone’s child, and then see them at my daughter’s school or in the supermarket! Ugh, no thanks. I also wonder if I can handle the job emotionally and mentally. I mean, you hear horror stories and shudder, but to actually meet the players….Could I really cope? I joke about killing abusive parents, but if I was confronted with it first hand, what would my reaction be? There can be no excuses for harming a child, never, ever, but how would I treat those involved? It’s not my place to judge, but God help me, I’m one of the most judgemental people I know! I can be professional, but I am human. What a minefield! I think deep down I know that if I’m offered a position I’ll more than likely take it. I’m busting to know the answers to these questions and more. For many years I’ve been aspiring to this type of job and here may be my chance to find out if I have what it takes. Bring it on!