One of my favorite scenes in movies is from Parenthood.
[Gil has been complaining about his complicated life; Grandma wanders into the room]
Grandma: You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster.
Grandma: Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride!
Gil: What a great story.
Grandma: I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn't like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.
That pretty much sums up my feelings about life in general and being a parent specifically.
But, I have found that there are some Roller Coaster rides that I don't like. The Roller Coaster of infertility and IVF, with the injections, tests and dreaded 2 week wait. That ride I could have done without.
And now I am on another Roller Coaster ride that I do not like. The job hunt. The perpetual wait for an interview, a call back, a rejection letter. A wait for more jobs to open up. The giddy-ness of finding a job that you think would be perfect, only to sink to depression when the job is taken by someone else (or made into a Part Time job only!) Add to the fact that the economy sucks, everyone is laid off...ugh--I have only begun the ride and I am feeling sick...
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