My 18 year old daughter, Keisha, is frustrated.
She is finished with high school and she has a job…but she only gets about two to three shifts a week and lately she has also been having back problems. Standing for 8 hours at a time on concrete floors will do that. But she’s also not in Uni yet and isn’t sure if she’s going to go. Basically, she feels a little bit lost. I get it. But I don’t have a lot of sage motherly advice for her on this stage of life either, since at her age I was already a mother and was planning to get married. It was rare when I did it, it’s even rare-er for her generation. And, although I wouldn’t change my life for anything, I wouldn’t exactly advocate that any of my children follow in those precise footsteps of mine.
Last night she flopped down beside me in the sun room. I asked her what was up. She said ‘nothing’. I asked if she was job hunting (she was on her phone) and she said “No, I’m looking at all the jobs that aren’t available”.
Now, I know that she meant there was nothing out there for her per se…but I took her misstep and ran with it.
Jobs that aren’t available?? Honey, where is that list? Some smug bastard posting up on job sites: I have this awesome job and you CAN’T HAVE IT!!! NEENER!
Actually, I can think of a bunch of jobs that I would want that aren’t available.
Queen of shoes
Lord of eclairs
The Maester of travelling on someone else’s dime
Supreme controller of all musicals (viewing and reviewing)
The World’s Greatest Author (yes, this needed to be capitolized)
D-list celebrity kicker (unquestioned authority to kick a kardashian/snooki/beiber/housewife in the shins whenever they do something stupid that some paparazzi deems photo worthy)(yes, I lower-cased all their names on purpose)(also, how much fun would that be?)
Interviewer of all famous people that I personally find interesting- with no need to publish interviews if I don’t want to
Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend/sidekick
I could probably keep going.
I’d love to hear what job you would want that “isn’t available”.
In the meantime, I’ll settle for the title of Mom. Especially: “Mom who will listen to your woes and commiserate with you, offer you advice and a shoulder to cry on, but won’t actually solve your problems for you because I want you to learn and grow on your own”.
I think that’s a pretty good job.