Three jobs I’ve had:
1. I taught elementary school before I had babies of my own. My first year of teaching, I was 22 and teaching both 3rd and 4th grades in a small Christian school. I didn’t really know what in the world I was doing, but I learned as I went along. One of those students is now the age I was when I was her teacher, and she’s teaching my children in Children’s Church and VBS at our church.
2. For a while, I worked for a transportation museum, leading tours and visiting schools as an outreach educator. I knew a lot about the history of transportation, and I could make a mean helicoptor with a strip of paper, a pair of scissors, and a strategically-placed paper clip.
3. I was a receptionist for a local radio station. I answered the phone; I scheduled the commercials; and I even wrote some copy for a few commercials. I also was the only one at the station who knew how to change the toner on the copy machine. This was in 1994. I organized and updated the filing system and took over some billing responsibilities, and I still often had time to read a book (which lets you know what a small-time operation this was). When I struggled to use the old manual typewriter and asked for something more modern, I was allowed to use the only Selectrix in the building. Finally, I was even allowed to use a word processor, or as the owner of the station referred to it, “that crazy typewriter with a television screen built in.”