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I haven't been on a job interview in many, many years but I was not the least bit nervous. That should have been a sign. I walked in and everything that could have gone wrong sort of did. I had trouble finding the right office, the application was misleading and confusing, the person I was supposed to meet with was not there...
But I marched in anyway, confident, as I shuffled along behind her, "Right this way..."
O...kay. 
After we cleared up what position I was there for, I relaxed considerably. The phone rang. She got up to answer it without saying "Excuse me. I'm sorry."
I was beginning to have my doubts. I wasn't sure this was how it was supposed to be done.
O...kay.
And she's back. There are two of them now and they are grilling me. I've been out of circulation for a number of years I tell them. Adoptions. Special needs. 
Autism if you must know. It has pretty much been my full-time job for the past 7 years.
They stop and look at one another. Then they both look at me.
This job is for a companion, to work with elderly people after they have been discharged from the hospital. The hospital sends me out to their home to help them get settled. I like driving. I like elderly people, prefer them actually,  and mostly I like the idea of getting out of my house and getting paid.
Autism huh? 
Yes I tell them, I am an expert now, in all aspects of Autism--on the job training as it were. She is doing quite well. They are impressed. I even take the opportunity to share a picture. They are sincerely enthralled. She is an angel, after all.
Would I consider working with Autistic people in addition to elderly people?
I would LOVE that I say, visibly excited. I am good with disabilities. I have experience, both in home health and emotionally--what it entails. I would love nothing more than for you to be able to utilize me in that way. 
Then it happens. We also have a program that assists new moms. Would you also consider being dispatched  to help new moms with childcare?
What happened next is a little foggy but I think this is when I slipped off my chair to the floor and ended up on my knees, tears streaming, hands clasped, praying to the suited women before me to please, please, please grant me the opportunity to serve in this capacity...
B...b...b...b...babies?
You would have to go through training and you would have to wear scrubs and you might have to change a diaper or two.
B...b...b...b...babies?
Let me get this straight. Helping, elderly people, people with Autism and new moms with infants---my favorite kinds of people...
And you are going to PAY me!?
You mean I don't have to sit in front of a computer and I do not have to be in a dark office and I do not have to be on my feet all day or work crazy hours? I can be out on the road, visiting people, and they will be elderly and innocent and little?
I think I blacked out for a while, but when I left they were shaking my hand and stuffing business cards into them and smiling. I am sure I thanked them for giving me the opportunity...hoped to hear from them...I think I flew home.
Yeah. It was hard for me getting back out there. I don't have much of a resume after all  these years. But I did it. And it worked.
Yes. I do believe in miracles.
I start on Monday.
Quintesse Quintesse 46-50, F 74 Responses Jun 16, 2011

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Nell, I love it when people say that. It comes easy for me, but the writing is so integral to who I am that I cannot help but feel really flattered when people compliment me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I love the way you write.

hope you had a great 1st day its lovely to here about your experience

This story is old now but it was a wonderful job while I did it. I loved every second of it. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Rollerskatekey-
And now I'm smiling too. That 's cool how that works. Thanks for reading. I'm glad it lifted you. It does me too--every time I remember. Thanks again.

im smiling for the first time this morning i am smiling

Thank you. It is not for everyone--it takes a certain type of person. For one thing you have to be exceedingly comfortable with complete strangers. I have a knack for putting people at ease so I was successful. Also, I like meeting new people and I get enormous satisfaction from ...helping. Thanks for your comment.

I'm glad it is working out without any surprises.

I am no longer at this job--it was the springboard that led to other things though. I loved it, I loved every second of it. There were many surprises though--all of them pleasant!

Wow! That is wonderful. Not me, however I am so happy it is you and that it worked out.

As a matter of fact...
Thank you RuntotheMoon. I really appreciate the compliment.

I really do hope, as all these moments pass along in your life, that you are putting together a book.
Not sure you understand the full extent of your talent......

Thanks bowman. It was a beautiful job. The real beauty though was how I fell into it. It provided me with a jumping off point as they say and I loved every second of it. Thanks for reading and for the congratulations. It was fun.

Win win for sure. You have the job you desired and they are lucky to have you. Congratulations.

Soulrunher, I say listen to Riley.
I exaggerate a lot in stories and although I made myself appear desperate in this one, the reality is I acted like I owned the place. I was a little miffed when the woman got up and took a call without properly excusing herself for example, so there was some slight eyebrow raising coming from my general direction. I told them I was perfect for the job, that I had (some undocumented) experience and that I was an enthusiastic and fast learner. They liked that... haha.
Once they gave me my break, getting another job was a piece of cake (later) because then I had someone to recommend me, which was huge. Then, as Riley so wisely suggested, the confidence becomes real.
The miracle was in how it all came together. I started out feeling unqualified for anything and wound up feeling that it was a perfect fit, somehow designed just for me. I loved that job.
I hope it all works out for you too.

So do you have any advice for,"Getting back out there?" I'm needing to and its scary. Where to start! What's changed? All these online applications are awful. What happened to just talking face to face? Oh and the resume! How to fill in the last 20 years of being super mom? No one cares!! If you have any tips that would be great. Thanks

It may sound silly but just pretending to be confident really helps and before long the real thing comes along.

Freezy and littlebobo,
Hey, thanks so much for the comments. I love coming back to this story. I inspire myself-- that is, I relive the utter joy I felt when I wrote this. It was so much fun. It is easy to overlook the miracles if you're not paying attention. I pay attention. This was a good one. Thanks again.

Ps--Bobo, your job sounds like fun too. Hooray for you!

I love your story, its good to know in a world obsessed with perfection things can go wrong and still end well. Thanks for sharing this story.

I love what you said about perfection not being all it's cracked up top be--sometimes miracles happen in the most unlikely of places. Thanks so much!

Thanks so much to all of you who have commented recently while I was AWOL for a while. This story means a lot to me, although I no longer work for this agency. They gave me my start, a break and I appreciated it and I loved every second I had that job. I never got to work with infants but I made a few really good elderly friends and I got to work with a teen with Autism for a while. It was all very rewarding.
Miracles happen. I am proof of it.
And the way you guys made me feel today, now--just another example of the power of love. Thank you, sincerely.

That was awesome! Good luck and happiness to you.

My neighbor have a son that is autustic and I know it can be very challenging. My father is 90 and lives in an apartment for people over 55, and some of them are close to 100 and that can be very interesting. After reading your letter I doubt you would run into much that would challenge you though. Great attitude! Certainly a very special person.

This is a really nice comment. Thank you for it. I appreciate it.

I am so proud of you ! My 5 year old son has autism and its been kind of tough but Im touched that you have had experience dealing with the autistic issues that some kids face with that diagnosis~ God saw that you helped and helped and now it was your turn~ Enjoy that job and continue to be a blessing~

C.Hill

Great so happy for you.

Wilmot, Well, at least you didn't say you were looking for a new nude position. Now that would be inappropriate. <br />
Sorry for the slip. It happens. It wasn't meant to be. Better luck nest time. I joke, but I wish you well, sincerely.

Thanks lydream. I no longer work at this job, but I have fond memories of it all. It was serendipitous, how when I needed this, it was there for me, the experience. I loved it.<br />
Thanks for your support.

Me too. I have learned to be patient and to watch for signs...

Oldbox person. I loved that job. I still communicate with the friends I made during that time. You could say they changed my life and that would not be an exaggeration. This is why I believe in miracles. Thank you for reading and commenting. You made my day. Thanks.

Good for you, Quintesse. I hope the job was everything you hoped it would be. It was a marvelous and inspiring story and very well written.

Niphysio<br />
I loved my job. I've moved on since then but I made some wonderful friends in the process of my transition. Thanks. I hope you find your perfect job too.<br />
Thanks for reading and commenting. Good luck.

You wouldn't believe this... but I had applied for a position in one of the difficult areas of the country as programme manager (Safe motherhood project), and they mailed me yesterday that I got it...!! I think, this is about being happy in other's happiness! Thanks for this story which kept my chin up!

Hey! I am between jobs and I know how it feels to find a perfect job... plus I am amazed at your willingness and ability, and wanting to work for people. <br />
How did you like your work?

What an amazing testimony...thanks for sharing!

Thank you two for your good wishes. <br />
I love when things seem to fall into place in life. This job was very good for me, until I was forced to take a leave when my older daughter went off the rails...<br />
Life throws curve balls sometimes. I find myself running around the infield trying to field everything at once, all Buggs Bunny like, playing all the positions. There are home runs for sure, and I rarely strike out, so that 's something.<br />
I believe in miracles though. I'm expecting another one any day now.

:))) (triple smile)

Congratulations Q! I am so happy to hear your story. I think you are a brave and courageous lady to do the things you like. Double thumbs-up to you! Keep your faith and I believe you will do well.