Actually, maybe to brag a little bit.
I gave my 2 weeks notice at the preschool. I spoke with the Education Director first who is also the personnel manager. Her response was, "But Aiden, you're our favorite aide."
I jokingly responded that it's only because I show up when I'm supposed to. That's a hard thing to come by with the aides at Head Start it seems. She said, "Well, yes, and you're always so enthusiastic when you come to work, you're so happy, you're so great with the kids and the parents love you. Plus, Kelly (the lead teacher in my classroom) is going to kill you."
She was right, of course. Kelly did want to kill me. Everyone, including Kelly, was understanding about why I needed to quit. Unfortunately it is hard to find reliable employees, especially for a minimum wage position.
I'm not saying I'm perfect, but my parents did teach me work ethic. I take my job seriously, as I have with all of my other jobs. I believe it is important to show up to work and do your very best every day. And I feel like I've done that. I've never been one to shy away from "volunteering" a few hours here and there to get extra (but necessary) things taken care of.
A few of the comments I've received at the news of my leaving that make me feel good about myself:
Kelly: I told my daughters you were quitting. They are very worried about me now.
Me: Why's that?
Kelly: They said, "But mom, he's the only one you can count on there!"
Teacher Dana: We're going to miss you around here.
Me: You'll be okay without me.
Teacher Dana: Yes, we'll be okay, but it certainly won't be the same. Who's going to notice all the little things that need to be taken care of?
Education Director: The office will miss having you bounce in here everyday making all of us smile.
Dana's comment is very true. I am fairly OCD which is a challenge in a preschool where mess is a necessary evil. However, it also comes in handy because things stay organized, tidy, and easy to find. And I do tend to be chipper. I prefer to show up to work with a very bright disposition because I think it sets the tone for my entire work day. And if I get to help others have a better day, well, that's just an added bonus.
I'm having the Education Director add me to the substitute list. There's only a couple of days a week that I'd be available, but I figure at least they'll have someone they call who knows the ins and outs.
I've also reassured Kelly that while I'll spending some time in Ashley's classroom during the week, I will also pop in and volunteer in our classroom. The biggest reason is because I don't think I could just walk away from my students. I've grown to love each and every one of them, even the ones that drive me crazy.
I'm a little worried I'm going to cry on my last day!