So, life is taking a drastic but not altogether unwanted turn over here at Casa de Agan.
I got fired on Wednesday because of this blog. The director and a lady from human resources let me know that I had left them with no choice but to let me go. They said that because I had mentioned the name of my place of employment, as well as the name of a faculty member, and because I had mentioned a parent (not by name, just used the words "a parent"), they could be sued and they had no other option than to fire me. They said that because I talked about my job, I had to go.
I'd like to be able to say that I fought it, that I tried to explain that, not only had I never said anything derogatory about the place as a whole or their practices or policies, but also that surely I have some right to express my goofy-ass opinions about my daily life. But, in fact, I sat there nodding my head, mouth hanging open, and every now and then uttering, "Okay."
So, I spent Wednesday afternoon TOTALLY FREAKING OUT on the inside, and smiling on the outside along with deep breaths and large sips of beer. I felt like a total failure, like an idiot, like I had totally disrespected my husband and children by being such a moron.
In the days since then, I've done a few things. I've applied for a couple of jobs. I've cleaned and cleaned and cleaned- mopped and scrubbed and swept and laundered. I have discovered that my husband has a profound ability to support me unconditionally, and I continue to love and respect him more every day because of that. Also he makes really good bread.
I've gone back in my blog and removed any mention by name of my employer or anyone who worked with me. And I just want to say that amounted to 4 posts, 4 posts out of 92 that had a name in them. It might not even be necessary at this point, now that they've fired me, to remove that information but I figured it would be the best move on my part. Plus, I wanted to be able to talk about this change, this one right here, so I thought making my ex-employer anonymous might make that a little more tolerable for them.
And you all can remain calm- I'm not going to start shouting phrases like "constitutional rights" and words like "violated". I'm sure they were well within their rights in firing me; Alabama doesn't have a lot of restrictions an an employer's right to get rid of you any time they feel so inclined. But something does seem wrong somehow that I can be canned just for talking about my daily life.
But, it's onward and upward. I feel better every day knowing that I can get through this, and that I have the love and support of my family in the meantime. Plus this time gives me a chance to get my alchohol tolerance back up to it's previous equivalent with that of an 800 lb. trucker. See? It's all in how you use the time you've got.