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Tuesday, January 03, 2006
2006: The End of the Beginning
It just hit me that I am now in the year I will cross two of the biggest items off of my Life's "To Do" list: 1.) earn a Ph.D.; and 2.) find a job as an Assistant Professor. I have waited for this year for so long, dreamt of it since I was a nerdy high-schooler who had little idea of what getting a Ph.D. really meant. My whole education thus far has been preparing me for this year. This year is the End of the Beginning of my career in higher education.
This year is also the End of the Beginning of Professional Life for T. This is the year he will make a huge career move to another state, filled with new challenges. He is no longer a "green" professional, prone to rookie mistakes, but rather a seasoned and savvy professional ready to answer questions from anyone.
Additionally, this year is the Beginning of the End of ST's Daycare Career. He will be in daycare for about six more months (less if I can help it!), and after that he'll be a preschooler. He will turn three in April of this year, and by the time we move to our new location I want him to be ready for preschool, at least half-days. He needs the structure, needs the stimulation. He is not a baby anymore. He is too smart for his own good.
This year is a significant one for our entire family. Although I am a bit nervous about how it will all pan out, I know that it is the start of something big and something permanent. That is a good feeling, one I've never had. When we moved here to Midwestern University Town in 2000, we always knew that it would be temporary. When we bought a house here, we knew that we'd have to leave it. We knew we'd have to leave every friend we made here if they didn't leave us first to pursue other opportunities. T always knew that he'd have to leave his job someday. Now, with my job at Smallish Midwestern University on the horizon, we have the chance to make a permanent life somewhere else. T can start a new job without thinking forward to the day he'll have to leave it. We can find a house we'll stay in for a very, very long time. We can build friendships that we can maintain with ease. We can plant trees in a new yard and actually be around to see them grow tall.
But, in order to get to that more permanent life, a lot must happen. I must formally accept the position at Smallish Midwestern University. I must finish the dissertation. T must wrap things up at work by the summer and jump through the hoops necessary to secure employment in another state. ST must be potty-trained. (This last one is probably going to be the most difficult.) The house must be ready for sale.
Time to get the ball rolling. It's already January 3!