Kevin was laid off on January 15, 2009. He went through quite a dry spell where there was just no work available and very few (to absolutely no) leads. I think he went the entire summer with out a single phone call.
And then November rolled around and he suddenly had more than one promising prospect.
On November 7 he discovered that he was awarded a contract position that started on November 16. Not the same thing as being hired permanently full time by a company, but exciting nonetheless.
He quickly had to set up an LLC for Hillary Consulting, get a tax ID, a business bank account, fill out the paperwork for his contract, take the required drug test, make travel arrangements, etc.
Then the big day came.
And I was struck by the various sights, sounds, and smells that had been absent from our house for the past ten months.
I watched him iron his shirt.
I heard his "dress" shoes click clacking on the tiled kitchen floor.
I smelled his cologne. (He claims it was aftershave).
These sights, sounds, and smells warmed my heart and I felt a sense of pride mixed with sadness, as if I was sending my child off to his first day of school. How would he manage with out me? Or really, how would I manage with out him??!!
He's been back to work for a month now, and one sight that I still haven't witnessed (and with the way his billing cycle works, I'm not sure when this sight WILL materialize) is a paycheck.
There won't be any feelings of sadness when that finally appears, I can tell you that.