I did some driving for her one day last week (to probation and job hunting), and she put out tons of resumes....basically wallpapered her immediate area where she lives.
One spot was an upscale restaurant that she hesitated to even go into. The last couple of stops before that restaurant, I had seen her come out with her "I'm so trying not to cry" face on.... no openings, or no felony-friendly positions, etc....
This one, she didn't even want to go in for. But I suggested that she go in and try, just for giggles and grins, just for practice. I suggested that maybe they would ask her something she had not ever been asked previously, and if she wasn't happy about her answer, she'd have one more thing she could practice until she had her answer/delivery down cold.... and the next time she heard that question, she'd be ready to casually and confidently answer it.
She bought that last suggestion and went in. She came out walking all confident and perky.....she got in the car and laid her head on my shoulder and said, "oh Mom, he was sooooooooooo nice!!"
This "he" told her that he was assistant manager and they had just completed their once a month server training program.....BUT.... they had an opening for a hostess.
And that would give her a foot in the door for the next server position (think TIPS!!)
So he had her call back the next day. I mentioned it to my dad on the phone the next day and he said "let's pray for that right now"......
....which always sort of catches me by surprise, but shouldn't, given that he is a preacher/teacher of many many years experience. We concluded our phone call, I hung up, and the phone rang about three minutes later.
It was my daughter, stating she had just hung up from calling "him" at the restaurant.... they wanted her for a second interview.
She had been talking to this assistant manager while my dad was talking to his Higher Power.
Told her about it and she decided it was a God thing..... and she excitedly waited til the next day.
While my father got all his cohorts in five states praying on her behalf.
She called the next day..... and the next..... and the next (yesterday).
Each time, she got put off, asked to call back, and yesterday was told that the person who had been going to leave, had decided to KEEP her job. BUT, would she please call back today at 3 pm.
I mentioned to her that "that is NOT a closed door.....they want you to call back!"She's trying really hard not to be depressed. She has continued to put in apps all over the place. I'm going down next Tuesday to help her get to a few places further from her house (and see probation) and encourage her a bit, grab coffee and hand out hugs....
She has an interview with a telemarketing place tomorrow.
The job she wants at the restaurant would give her enough to cover her rent and TIPS. We could help a little with food/bus passes. The job at the telemarketing place will only cover a portion of rent. (part time, minimum wage)
We are not doing well financially. We are, for the first time, spending more than we make (robbing our modest savings to pay bills).
(and I've been frugal all my life, no vacations, two new cars in last 25 years, making food from scratch, making cleaning supplies, paying extra on mortgage, etc)
We were set to relocate and semi-retire, in three years, to a place like rural Tennessee.... until the house value fell 50%, the 401Ks tanked, the interest rates plummeted, and my business started the swirling journey into the toilet. Now we're just trying to hold on here....
I'm trying to get more work. It's not a pretty picture in the medical transcription field these days. DH is trying to get more hours at his job....but the economy has struck FedEx too. There are less packages to deliver.
We really really need for her to get
Please cross fingers, say prayers, think good thoughts for her today at 3 PM....
I'm really trying to stay positive. Wait.... "Dad and Mom" had a post about that. Trying versus doing. Okay. I am going to be positive today!!! So there!! She can do this. At the restaurant, or at the telemarketing place, or where ever the door with her name on it opens!
But a few prayers and good thoughts today at 3 PM can't hurt, okay??!! :)