I’ve gotten a few question from blog readers about Karl.
-is he staying in iowa
-did he find a job
-where is he living
Here’s the scoop. Karl has decided to stay in Iowa. (YES, I was cheering over that decision). It’s so hard as a mom. You want your kids to do what they want but you want them to prioritize family and being close. You want them to be happy doing whatever they do but you wish it was at least in the same state you live in. You want them to be happy…but you’re happy where you are wish they could be happy there too….but mostly…you know have to put your wants aside and simply support them in whatever they choose. (It doesn’t mean you don’t have your fingers crossed behind your back though.)
Anyway…my fingers were crossed and he did pick IOWA.
Kramer’s passing was hard for him being so far away…plus those little nieces and nephews of his are enticing..plus Kayla’s new one is coming…plus, he still has a lot of good friends in the area. (Well within 3 hours driving distance-he figures that to be close).
So next up…JOB. That was a harder decision. He didn’t know for sure what he was interested in. His year teaching in Houston was tough. The school system there is not what he was familiar with growing up here in Iowa. He was in a tough part of town and didn’t feel super supported by administration. He wasn’t completely soured to teaching…but not admittedly nervous. Would other schools be that way? He hated the paperwork side of things too. Well…so does he look for a teaching job. Hmm.
He ended up finding a job that was open in the teaching profession. He also heard from a large local pig producer that was looking for a translator. He also had a desire to work at the local brewery Toppling Goliath….
This is how it went:
He applied for a 3rd grade teaching job west of here about 80 minutes away. While he was in that interview, an entirely different school called him. They saw his information on the Teach Iowa website. Even though Karl never applied there, they asked him if he’d interview for a 2nd grade position. He said yes. That town is 2 1/2 hours from here.
A couple days later he was on his way to the interview with the new school when the brewery called him and asked him to come for an interview. The school interview went great. He set up the interview with the brewery and before that could happen, he got an interview at the pig producers. The interview at the pig producers went well.
The next day the school that was hiring for 2nd grade called and said they were excited about Karl but was checking references.
It was the weekend.
The following Tuesday he interviewed with the brewery. That went well.
The next day the pig producers called and gave him a job offer….AH…what to do. The brewery job sounded promising…the teaching job sounded promising.
Karl asked that the pig producer give him a couple days…He was on the road at the time headed to Texas to clean our his apartment. He said he’d call them in a couple days to give them his answer.
The brewery called back for a second interview.
Karl thought about it and took the job with the pig producer. The place is actually HUGE…one of if not the biggest pork producers in Iowa. They have MANY employees-Somewhere around 300. Karl will be working with the hispanic population that works there. He’ll be doing some translating…some bookwork type things-working with VISAs too. If he likes it..he’ll stay and give up teaching. If he doesn’t, he’ll get his reading endorsement and look for a school closer in the area.
I’m not chiseling anything into stone, but I think he’s wanting to stay in the area…I want him to be happy and go where ever he needs to go to do that..but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thrilled.
Now where’s he living:
Here, at my house, with me. We worked out an agreement and are happy. We’re a lot more like housemates and a lot less like mom and son. I don’t mind…he doesn’t mind. He can pay off his student loans. I have someone to help with the stuff around here. It’s a win-win for us both.
So…for now, I have my boy back. I don’t know how long he’ll stay in Iowa or how long he’ll stay at my house, but for now, I think we’re both happy.