It’s summertime, a favorite time of year for me since I get to be home with my kids everyday. I work as a first grade aide for an amazing charter school and love my job. It’s nice to get up every day excited to go to work. I always say enjoy what you do. I get to be off when my kids are off from school, Joe goes to work with me, and no after care for my little guy. The only draw back–the pay is not so good. Be clear, anyone who works in education is not in it for the money. I am not paid for the full summer, so it takes planning and a little lean liv’n. This is why one must get creative in making the summer fun. We stick around the house swimming in the above ground pool, little gardening and the occasional home improvement projects. So when we’d like to have a little extra lunch, we have to think outside the box, and we were think’n “Taco Tuesday” at Tijuana Flats! What to do…what to do…then it came us! Recycle the cans! We had eight bags of cans to be recycled so we packed down the little station wagon and hauled them to the recycling yard. Uuugh, old cans do not smell so good packed into a little escort station wagon with no air in July. When we got to the recycling yard the attendant wanted to play a little estimating game with us promising a dollar to the winner (how fun is he)…I guessed $8.00…Joe guessed $10.00….and the total was $11.40! Extra dollar going to Joe! We needed $10.00 for two Taco Tuesday specials…hooray for us. We drove on over and enjoyed probably the best Taco Tuesday we ever had. Some people might read this story and think poor Joe scrapping up cans to buy lunch out…how sad. To this I say don’t feel sorry for us my son is living and learning a valuable lesson. Sometimes we have to get creative to get the things we want. In life you don’t always get everything you want when you want it. I sacrifice having a job that pays more money to spend time with my family and to do a job that matters to all the little people I spend my days with in the classroom. Giving your children everything they want whenever they want it is not a gift. They learn to appreciate things when they have to work for it. Life becomes about the special moments spent together and not how much stuff they have or get. Joe will always remember that Taco Tuesday lunch and so will this extraordinary ordinary mama.
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