When I was in high school I had the best job ever. I worked at an adorable local children's bookstore. It was the perfect job for a girl who loved kids and loved to read. I could sample any book in the store that I wanted, as long as customers were not in the store needing help. I set up creative book displays and read to a group of preschoolers on occasion. The people I worked with were wonderful and I enjoyed our long talks about books, education, and life. I loved going to work.
As high school came to a close and I prepared to move away for college, I wondered how I would ever find a better job. And then I did. For a year and a half while going to college I was a nanny to a darling baby girl. She was only a few months old when I began watching her. When she was little I let her take long naps on my chest and I helped her learn to crawl. As she got older we spent lots of afternoons playing at the park. We were very good friends. I loved her and she loved me. Work was not really work at all. I thought I had the best job ever.
Then I found out that our little boy was on his way and I knew that I would not be able to nanny once he came. So I began looking for another job to keep me busy during the summer while I waited for him to arrive. I began substituting at the child care center/preschool that this little girl I tended would be going to as well. Substituting soon transitioned into a permanent schedule and I was loving it. The center is divided into 3 different classrooms; the Infant and Toddler classroom (ages 6 weeks to 2 years), the Junior Preschool (2-3 1/2) and the Senior Preschool (3 1/2- 5). I got to work in the Junior Preschool, which in my opinion is the best classroom they have. Work was more play that it was work. I loved my job and would have been happy to stay there forever, if it were not for this next job that I am going to take.
Being a mother has always been my number one choice for a job. I love children, I love to play, and I love being loved. As this baby boy grows inside of me I cannot help but wonder what life is really going to be like when he is here. I am trying to be as prepared as I can for motherhood but I am sure that I will just have to take things as they come. It will be challenging at times but I have no doubt that this will be the best job I ever have.