Thursday, September 2, 2010

Livin' the life of Riley...

That's me!

I'm now officially and permanently retired from Family Day Care.
Well, mostly retired anyway.
But definitely from "Family Day Care".

I'll still be doing care - and only on a part-time basis - but I'm doin' it on my own... and best of all, I'm out from under the yoke of oppression.
And unfortunately, to me, that oppression = depression.

I enjoyed my time with them... I really did.

But there have been so many (IMO anyway) unnecessary changes since I started 10 years ago, that in some ways it didn't even resemble "family" daycare anymore.
To my mind at least.
Nowadays, it's more like it's becoming a series of highly regulated, cold and impersonal, mini daycare centers.
Just in somebodies house.

I "officially" gave my resignation date as of August 16th, but because the office never seemed to manage to find new carers for my families, I agreed to stay on a little longer, while they looked.

Some parents made other arrangements, but the others were like me.
Waiting patiently for something that just didn't happen.

But I figured that 4 weeks from official notification was enough... and that it was no reflection on me that the office couldn't - or wouldn't - find alternate care for my families.

So, as of 4:30 yesterday afternoon, this little bird finally flew the coop.

No more 4 and 5 loads of laundry a day.
No more endlessly doing dishes.
No more constantly scrubbing the loo 27 times a day.
And best of all?
No more constantly ringing phone.

I can nap when I want...
I can read when I want...
I can kick back when I want...
I can garden whenever the mood takes me....
and the cats can come back in the house.

Yep... it's sure gonna be good.


Kerry O'Gorman said...

Good on you! Sometimes you just have to look out for #1. Enjoy your cigar!

joolzmac said...

Government departments give me the shits. Our office cleaner at our business has a foster child. They had a chance to have a few days away last week - and planned to travel from country SA into country Victoria to catch up with some friends. Doing the right thing, Gayle rang Family Services SA (or whatever they call themselves) to say she and hubby were heading away interstate with Lxxxx for 3 days. FSS said they didn't know if that was possible. Gayle said "Well you expect me to treat Lxxxx like my own child - I wouldn't leave my 12 year old home alone while we go away!! We want to leave this afternoon!" FSS said we'll have to check further and will let you know by 4pm today. They rang at 3.55pm to say yes, they could take Lxxxx away for a few days but um, just don't go having an accident or anything! In other words, they let it pass without really being passed. Unbelievable!

Enjoy your 'you' time and put that cigar out!!

Michaela Dunn Leeper said...

You're a hottie!!!

Grats! Next year we'll have to have a dual anniversary party.

Kathy said...

Good for you Kate!! Enjoy yourself you little hottie!!

Kurichan said...

:-) :-) :-)

Out Back said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your new life without FDC Kate.

Great picture lol!!


Dave and Tami said...

Congratulations! Everyone needs a little "me" time and sounds like you earned yours!

Fruitcake Sandy said...

Good for you! Enjoy that 'me' time, but put the stogy out, girl!

farmlady said...

I can just see you now with that good stogy in your mouth. Love the hot pants.
Enjoy your leisure time.

Narelle Nettelbeck said...

ooooh good for you!
I've been going for as long as you and I've been wondering if it's time to hang up my boots too....
Enjoy your nanna naps ;)


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