There is a proverb, possibly American in origin (I never came across it in the UK anyway) and I first heard it on an early season of The Simpsons: “God does not close a door without opening a window.”
This proverb needs some adaption in the case of my situation but is still applicable. The adaption goes something like this:
Hastur does not close door without Cthulhu taking off the roof.
Let me elaborate:
If you follow my blog, you should be aware I recently changed careers. I have gone back into teaching after working online for the past 10 years.
Getting there was a bit of a struggle (teaching in Germany has a lot of bureaucratic hurdles). For a while it even looked like that, although I had all the qualifications, I would not be able to start because the combination of my qualifications only made me eligible for a probationary teaching position which was out of the question because the pay would have been about a third of what was getting at my last online job and thus by far not enough to support a family.
And then Cthulhu came and ripped the roof off.
I saw an ad for a teaching position online on a dedicated website and applied. Two days later (and about four weeks before the date the official interviews would begin, according to the ad), I got an email inquiring if I could com in for an interview straight away. That was odd, but a happy surprise. I happened to have a few days off at the time so I could come in, of course.
The interview went very well and the headmaster of this school was apparently so impressed with me (for whatever reason) that he made a few phone calls, pulled a few strings and managed to get a special permit for me, so I could start in a better position straight away.
So, for the past three weeks (coming up four) I have been working as a teacher again. Although two of my classes are rather tough, I have not been so happy at work ever since my days working in an assistant data research position at university (that was in 2005, go figure).
Also: The teaching experience now is vastly different from what I experienced in Bavaria. The teachers are more friendly by several orders of magnitude, they are more supportive and the kids are great as well.
So far, things are starting to look brighter and during the summer holidays I will have some real time to do some serious writing. A win all around.
Praise be to Cthulhu!