Saying Goodbye

Two years ago I started a new job somewhat reluctantly. Going to work meant I had to leave my writing behind, and I’d have to interact with people I didn’t know. GASP! I would have to smile and be present.

Writers are often off in their own worlds thinking about their book even if they are standing right next to you. We forget to smile, instead, we make strange thinking faces. Or so I’ve been told by my husband.

After a few weeks of settling in, I loved my position at PYC-programs for young children. Smiling faces of little ones brightened my day. Laughter and silly actions lifted my heart. Watching them discover the amazing in the ordinary helped me see it too. Helping with zippers, mittens, and coats could have frustrated me but instead reminded me how fragile childhood can be.

Turning in my key

While I started this position thinking I would be able to serve well with my social media skills it didn’t take long to realize there was so much more.

I met incredible patient women who taught there. I learned to sing everything because preschoolers listen when you sing instructions. I didn’t hesitate to hop into a substitute position when needed because joy is a child who paints and tells you a story.

Then Covid-19 became a reality.

The preschool had to change a lot of things to be able to open. I was one of the changes, wanted but no longer needed at this time. It breaks my heart to step away but I understand. I will miss the women I worked with, the children, and their families.

I am walking away with good memories and new people skills because God sent me here–not so much so I could help at PYC, but that He could help me.

I am a better person for working at PYC and hope to be a better writer, because without people skills how can one write about people?

About Diana Brandmeyer

Christian author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer writes historical and contemporary romances set from the Midwest to the Mountains. She’s written Mind of Her Own, Frontier Legacy Brides, Small Town Brides, and A Time for Love, among others. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life. *affiliate links are used on this site. It won't cost you more but those extra pennies keep me stocked in tea, thank you!

18 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Sorry about loss of your job. Always remember, when God closes a door another will open.
    Who knows, God may find favor with you and give you something better.
    Good Luck And Best Wishes.
    Blessings and God Bless You.

  2. So many times Father God has seasons for us to walk through…good ones and others are challenging. But we we learn from you each one. Sounds like Father God blessed you in this season and will use it in your next season of change and discovery. Hugs

  3. Diana that was beautiful, I got chills of joy reading it, thank you for sharing such beautiful thoughts. It is a wonderful thing when you can see the world through a child’s eye, enjoy and experience their sweet innocence if even for a brief moment. Love you gf.

      1. Imagine how wonderful those children will feel when they grow up and discover that they had such an amazing writer helping them! And I am looking forward to reading the work that grows out of your time with them.

  4. Love this, such a wonderful way to state the human element of separation. We often tend to overreact to dismissal but you broke this down beautifully. Human interaction is often taken for granted but when looked upon in the way you described, so beautiful as well..

  5. I bet you’ll have great scenes with young children in upcoming books you write as a result of your experiences with PYC. I’m so glad you enjoyed your time there! God uses all our experiences.

  6. I remember when you told me you had to reluctantly start back to work, and you didn’t know how much time that would leave for writing. And now that time is over. I’m so glad that was a profitable time for you and so many valuable lessons learned. God bless you as you delve deeper into your stories with newfound appreciation for people and what makes them tick. I’m working on Book 3 of my Chandler’s Grove Series, Becoming Sisters. Hugs, Carol

    1. Carol! I don’t know what happened. I commented and it disappeared! You’re right I was very reluctant to step back from my writing. Yay, you’re working on book 3! We can be book buddies as I’m working on book 3 as well. 🙂

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