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Friday, May 23, 2014

Maybe I Am invisible after all

According to the Future Foundation Family Center website I was a recreational aide during the school year 2013-2014. Actually I was a part time babysitter for kids who had no better place to be after school. Most were pretty decent kids and I formed some positive relationships with them. The job also gave me an opportunity to bond with my own grandson on a daily basis and observe how he interacts with his peers and adults.

Some of the students were extremely disrespectful and caused me to feel that I wasn't being paid enough. It made me wonder if they had any dicipline at home. When I first started my job a seasoned employee commented, "You just need to keep them from killing each other." I thought he was kidding and later found out he wasn't!

Working at Futures changed my mind about the way it is run. The Administrative Director does not follow through with promises and decisions she makes and tends to believe the kids rather than staff when there is a conflict. Toward the end of my experience I felt as though I was invisible and staff who are not old enough to do so, run the facility.

Although I am grateful for the added income for nine months, I am even more grateful that school is out and my job ended yesterday. My employer, who I also thought was a friend, didn't even take the time to say goodbye to me. It looks as if it wasn't my imagination that I feel I had become invisible.


  1. Holy cow, Barbara! It sounds as if you're entitled to a medal, not just a good-bye from your employer. I find it exhausting to be around kids these days... not sure why but I'm grateful I don't have many to be around. Enjoy your summer off!

    1. Thanks Lois. I don't think I would go back next fall even if I were asked. It just isn't worth the stress.