I began a new job this week after being laid off last year in April. I’m stoked to be back in the land of the gainfully employed, since folding laundry, cleaning the kitchen and other domestic duties pay for shit when you aren’t “working”. Editor’s Note: I dare you to tell any stay-at-home mom she isn’t a “working” mother. At your own peril.
Of course, I’m stoked about my new working gig…uh…until the Publisher’s Clearing House Prize Patrol knocks on my door with my $5 grand a week. Then it’s days filled with bon bons and vegging out to the Lifetime Movie Network!
While I am very excited about this new professional opportunity, I was worried my baseball family might be a little less than enthusiastic. Being back at work will really cut into my baking time. And they have a vested interest in my baking time…
Last year, I kept busy during non-job search time by baking. My baseball family reaped the sugary rewards. In 2012, between late March and July, I made over 2,000 cookies/brownies/cupcakes for players, coaches and families who came to the 34 games our boys played. This included weekdays and weekends — single games, double headers and tournaments where we played up to 3 games in one day. Not to mention the homerun cakes I made for the 4 boys who hit one, as well as a few birthday cakes and other special baked goods for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and our post-season party.
But given the nature of my baseball “family”, I should not have doubted them for one minute. On Monday, I received this e-mail via Facebook from one of the moms:
Your baseball family is really excited about your new job. (Okay we’re also a little worried about cookie production but we’re trying to be strong…) We have a week of giving back to our most giving baseball mom planned to make your first week of work transition a little easier. Plan on dinner deliveries on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (between 5:30-6:00 if that works), and a basket delivered on Wednesday afternoon. Congrats on your new job!!!
Even though we are not “in season”, my baseball family is still thinking of me. We are all linked together by our commitment to our boys, our commitment to a strong program, and our commitment to being good community citizens.
And at the end of the day, I’m honored to be a link in such an amazing chain of families.