*We were seated outside of Sonic waiting on a little after school snack. I have to be honest with you, I was under the assumption that most elementary-aged children were indeed, unemployed. Being the inquisitive creature I am, I entertained the conversation.*
“Really?!” I said incredulously. “I wasn’t even aware you had a job!”
“Daddy, it’s a classroom job, not like a real job. I don’t get paid or anything.”
“Oh” I replied.
Ash started laughing as I turned my head towards her with a puzzled look on my face.
“She got into another fight at schoo—” she began.
“No, stop—I’m telling dad what happened, not you” interrupted Tara.
Taralynn smiled real big and said “I would call it more like a minor misunderstanding.”
“I’m the classroom decorator. Well, I’m one of the classroom decorators. We design all the posters for our classrooms. Sometimes we have different ideas, and I didn’t like her idea today, and she didn’t like mine. She wrote in marker on my arm, so I took a marker and drew on her poster. She deserved it.”
“That doesn’t sound like a very nice thing to do Tara,” I started in…
“Dad, I already got in trouble for it by my teacher. She let us go. You know, kind of like we were fired. She said it was like that in real life sometimes. She took our names from the Decorator slot on the wall and moved it to the bottom to a slot that says Unemployed.
“Wow,” I thought out loud, while chuckling to myself. What a harsh lesson that was taught. Seeing how she’s only in Third Grade, I’m sure it won’t be the last disagreement she will get into with a classmate. Hopefully, she will take the lesson the teacher is trying to teach, however, and think before she acts next time.
It sounds amusing coming from a kid, but being unemployed is no joke. I hope she gained some valuable skills while being a decorator that can help her in the future. In the meantime, I guess we’ll be working on her resume. We’ll try to sugar coat her job loss as “left for personal reasons—can explain in person.” Hopefully that will at least get her in to the interview. If not, hopefully by the time she’s old enough to have a “real” job, she won’t be drawing on other people’s presentations when she doesn’t approve of them.