1bassoon Posted September 5, 2012 Share Posted September 5, 2012 I'm not sure there's a point to this. I just need to get it out there. There's a long, LONG back story to this. But I'll just cut to where we are now. My dh is woefully underemployed, cleaning carpets full time. He's been trying to get something to happen (he's a teacher by training - music), but it's just been a mess for 5 years now. After two years of piecing things together, this year he's had to go full time carpet cleaning. It's just him and the owner of the company. The owner of the company is a great, GREAT guy. We really like him a bunch. He was understanding last (academic) year, when hubby left early 2 days a week to teach in some local schools (for not much $$ AT ALL, but it kept his "foot in the door", or at least we hoped). This past summer, there were several openings locally - he didn't even get interviews. Why? We're not from "Around Here", meaning, his degree isn't from an AL school, and he's too old. So. This year, he was hoping to at least keep teaching private lessons (adjunct faculty) at the local university. Where they love him, but no doctorate, so that door is closed. Owner of company won't let him go early one day a week to teach - and I don't blame him, really. They're trying to build the business, get it to grow and hire more people. They've got to take the jobs when they come. Dh is just - so down. He's trying to maybe teach at the uni on Sat. mornings. He's so, so tired. He's over 45, and has severe varicose vein problems. This is a terrible job for him. But it's all that there is. And to top it off - he doesn't even make enough to cover our mortgage and utilities. And our mortgage is low - far lower than rent would be for our family of 7. He's going to try - TRY - to talk with owner about some kind of raise. Back in January, the owner mentioned bringing us on as joint owners/partners/something. But dh drug his feet, hoping a teaching gig would work out. So I don't even know what happened to that whole idea. He makes $10 an hour now. Now, there won't be any teaching possibilities until maybe next summer. If ever. And the longer he's out, the harder it will be. I'm teaching science 2 mornings a week, teaching piano students, and barely hanging on to homeschooling the kids. I don't really have any marketable skills, though. My teaching certification expired in 2000, and it's from CT, not AL. So me going back to work full-time is pointless. I'm tired and stressed all the time. And I've been sick for a month - no health insurance - it's been just awful It's just. . . . horrible. My parents have been helping us, but they just can't anymore. I don't know what we're going to do. I don't know what to do. I don't even know how to help my husband. I never thought I'd be here. And it stinks. :( Thanks for listening. I'm not usually Debbie Downer, but tonight it's just more than I can bear alone. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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