As I was doing school with Lottie and Gigs at the table,
Jane came flying down the stairs.
Her denim shirt had sweaty stains, and her hands were shaking.
"Mom, Mom, oh my gosh, Mom! I called two hotels to see if they
were hiring, and they both pretty much gave me an interview
over the phone, and I think I got a job!"
Last December, Jane quit her job on the farm.
She was tired of her hair smelling like manure,
tired of being the farm babysitter to the owner's
little 4-year-old daughter, who would follow her around everywhere.
And, of course, she wanted more hours and more money.
The farm was a wonderful experience for
Jane and LOVED working with the cows.
But she wants more.
Last week I suggested she go to Arizona and live
with Lindsay and Spencer, where she could
get a job, go to a singles ward, and most importantly, DATE!!!!
That excited her, and immediately she began job hunting in that area.
This summer, she plans to go on a study abroad trip with options
to visit Alaska, Hawaii, or Europe.
(She's leaning toward the Alaska trip).
I'm so excited for her and so grateful she is willing to try hard things
to expand her learning and growing experiences.
She will miss Claire terribly while on her mission,
and I've worried about how "Clane" will handle this break-up.
Jane's new opportunities will fill her life with happiness,
knowledge, experience, and, most importantly, boys!! ;)
She is so beautiful, and I want so much for her.
I realize I can't offer much right now,
especially in our meager financial situation, but I am so proud
of her for taking the initiative and making life happen.
She's an inspiration to me.
(Jane cooking bread with me in New Jersey, 2004)