I haven’t talked much about Karl lately. I thought I’d give you latest update. Some of you might remember that our son Karl went to Texas in August to student teach in Houston. He was there a couple weeks and Hurricane Harvey hit. In advance of the storm, Karl decided to leave Houston and stayed with a dear blog reader, Cheryl in Dallas.
I was so happy that Cheryl took him in and watched over him…and according to Karl fed him amazing meals.
From there Karl came home to Iowa a few days and then back to Houston again.
In October, our other kids all went down for a visit.
Karl completed his student teaching just before Christmas. His plans since August have always been to join his girlfriend Renae in New York City once the student teaching was finished. Well, things don’t always go as planned….what’s the saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”??
Well Renae broke up with Karl on Christmas Eve. Karl was at a loss. All of his plans suddenly changed. As he said, he was basically homeless and girlfriendless all at the same time.
He stayed with Kayla for a couple days and then decided to move home here until he can get things straightened out. Hubby and I are good with this. To be perfectly honest, we knew he would likely have to. It’s hard for a teacher to find a job mid school year.
He’s spent some time regrouping and trying to figure out priorities….he needs a vehicle. His had died and him and Renae had decided they couldn’t have two cars in NYC so he didn’t get one. He needs a job.
Sadly sub teachers around here don’t get paid a lot….and there is no guarantee of employment….and student loans will be starting soon. So what’s a guy to do? It looks like he will likely take a factory job through July and will look for a teaching job for fall in the meantime. It’s not particularly what he wants but something he’ll have to put up with. It’s the hazard of being a teacher and graduating mid-semester.
He did get an offer to teach in Houston for the fall but, he needs time to regroup. As hard as factory work is I think it will give him time to think a bit and that’s what he needs now.
We’ve had tons of conversations about “who” you want to be as well as “what” you want to be. The who part, to often is sidelined. He’s found he really enjoys Carver. In Texas it’s hard to be a fun uncle.
He’s got a few more decisions to make. In the meantime, Hubby and I have a house mate. It’s not bad at all. Karl manages all of his own stuff…laundry, dishes, mess. He makes supper some and is super helpful. I even have him helping with this…. TAXES and book work…UGH.
So that’s the Karl update.
We’re happy he is home but welcome the decisions he makes on deciding where he goes from here.