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Five months ago my husband’s company announced that they would have major layoffs and four months ago he emailed me that he was on the list. As I drove to pick him up from work (and take him out for some too-expensive but-oh-amazing Japanese food) I felt strange because I wasn’t freaked out.
But after the idea of him being laid off and my working for several not-well-paying start up companies firmly set in a few weeks later, freaked out became my default mode. He got a fairly OK package, including several months paid at his regular salary and health benefits, but here he was, laid off in the worst economic and employment crisis in our lifetimes. It was scary. And it got scarier as the months went on, the job opportunities were few and far between, and even successful interviews didn’t lead to job offers because those jobs disappeared before they were filled.
I know that many people deal with a lot more stressful and difficult things than this, but for us, the past four months of tension, anxiety and stress have been pretty bad. I never slept well, we picked way too many fights with each other over nothing, and everything we did was colored with this sense of dread. Until today.
Yes, my husband is going back to work. To the same company that laid him off, surprisingly, after his boss there fought to bring him back. And to say that this is a relief is beyond an understatement.
Which brings me to the upside of my husband being laid off. I am not sure I ever thought I’d be writing this but there is one — both of us now *really* appreciate what it is to have a steady job. This probably sounds naive in some way, but you really do have to lose something to appreciate having it sometimes and this is one of those times. I’m pretty sure I won’t hear any complaints from my husband about his boss or the commute or the bad office snacks for a long, long while. With unemployment numbers increasing and more than 5.5 million people now out of work in America, we know we’re lucky.
Now, how about that raise, honey? (Yes, kidding.)
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