How We Got Here, Part II

One step at a time. Photo by Kevin Free

So to back up just a little, Kev was working at a full time job during the day, taking classes, and (this is the part I left out) working teaching in the community education department of the school as well.  In the fall of 2008, he was started working the job at the airport which eventually ended up being 3rd shift. I know this sounds terrible, but for our schedules it really works out for the best.

Kev works the airport 4 nights a week. He works in the photo lab at the school around his class schedule, usually about 10-12 hours a week. This semester he’s taking 2 classes and is a teaching assistant in another. On days after he works nights he sleeps a few hours in the morning when he gets home, and also naps in the evening.

I work at an office job from about 8am to 5:30pm. I say about because I can get there as late as 8:30 and still be on time, and sometimes it’s later than 5:30 when I get out of there. Kevin and I have our schedules carefully orchestrated so that he can be available to pick Wildman up from school most days, and we share the responsibility of getting him dropped off. We also get some help occasionally from our neighbor, Tante.

Since we still had a couple hours left in each day, we’ve also managed to volunteer a few places. Kev is a youth hockey coach, and was assistant coach of Wildman’s basketball team. He’s also currently helping with a mentoring program through the college. I am secretary of the PTA at the little guy’s elementary school as well as the Assistant Den Leader with his Cub Scout den. I also sometimes work weekends as the Merchandise Coordinator for the Nashville Children’s Theatre. I hesitate to call this a job, because I really would go do it even if they didn’t pay me. (Just don’t tell them that!) I took the position last fall to make a little money before Christmas, but I really just love it there. We’re currently putting on “Goodnight, Moon” and it’s just precious!

So, in a nutshell, that’s how we got to have such a crazy busy schedule. We love to do things for and with the Wildman, so it’s hard to say no to anything that needs help that involves him. The older he gets and the more he’s into the more hectic it becomes, but we’ll somehow figure out how to make it work. That’s what we always seem to do.

So the goal is to get Kev through his BFA by Spring 2012. The next challenge will be grad school, because he can’t teach at the college level until he has an MFA. One step at a time…


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