I’ve been looking at job postings on our parent company’s site, and I found one in Columbia, SC…
I don’t know how I feel about living in Columbia. I’ve always said that it is the armpit of the state. But it’s a job that sounds very similar to the one I do now, and I’d love to just be able to transfer instead of having to go through the process of interviews and screens and all that. (I HATE looking for a new job.) There’s a prominent lighting company in Greenville, but I don’t know if they’re looking for anyone. I think I’ll put my resume in at the Columbia branch and see how it goes… maybe living in Greenville isn’t exactly what I’m looking for, yet. Maybe it would be best to live and work an hour and a half away from my family at first. Then I could go up for weekends… visit my family and see them on a regular basis… but not have to deal with them every day.
I know this sounds as if I don’t like my family, but that’s not true. I love them all dearly. But you know how it is. Sometimes you want to be far away from the people that you love. Because they make you crazy. I’ve gotten used to living far away from my family, so we always treasure the time we have. We always make the most of my visits (or theirs), and put aside what we would normally pick at each other about because we don’t see each other on a regular basis. But if I lived in Greenville again, I’m not sure if we could continue to do that. The saying is “familiarity breeds contempt”, and honestly, that’s one of the truest cliché’s I’ve ever heard.
Being in Columbia might not be so bad. We have friends in Florence that we’d really like to see on a regular basis. This would make them an hour and a half away instead of three hours. My family would be at a distance, so that inevitable vortex of family drama would be there if I wanted to delve into it, but not so close that I couldn’t escape it if I needed to. We also have friends in Gray Court that would only be about 45 minutes away… and if we wanted to go into Greenville for Pita House on a Friday or Saturday, we could leave after work and be there by seven to spend an evening in a city we’re familiar with. I don’t know much about Columbia, but I do know that USC is there and Erin is very concerned about finding a good school that we can afford where she can work on her international business degree. Since it’s a college town, the rent might be astronomical, though.
We’d also be two hours closer to the beach… :-) Ahhhh, to live close enough to a beach that you can get in the car after work on a summer day and be at the ocean before the sun sets… Yowza! How I’d love that.
Well, I’ll put in a resume. What can it hurt? Worst case scenario? They say they’re not interested and I send in an application to that lighting company in Greenville. Best case? I have a new job, at the same rate of pay or better, set in the middle of the state we’d like to move back to. I don’t lose benefits or anything – I just transfer down there. We can find an apartment wherever we go. I’m just READY to go.