Last night you told me about the new job you have accepted. Since, I myself applied for the same position on two occasions, I wanted to give you a few words of encouragement.
First, I want to congratulate you on being offered the job. I know how long you have waited for this opportunity and how hard you worked to get here. Your determination and hard work have paid off and you are an inspiration to those who will come after you. I know it was difficult during the times when you thought you really wanted the position and it just wasn’t available. It was difficult as your friend to see your disappointment because I knew how amazing you would be.
Second, I wanted to give you a little insight into the tasks that you are undertaking. You see, you have accepted a most difficult position that comes without pay, as you know. The good news is that it does not come without reward! I know that during the next several months you will be training and preparing for your new job. But there’s really nothing like on the job training…you will find this out soon enough. You will wear many hats. I don’t know if anyone from the upstairs department told you, but there are many things that aren’t listed on the job description that will fall under your duties. For instance, you will be performing most of the janitorial duties, technical and non-technical support, R&D of the precious product, instructional design, stocking and inventory, and records management. You will need to be able to multi-task, exterminate creepy crawlies, read paperwork out loud to your client using different voices, listen carefully, drive your client to and from activities, administer medication, broaden horizons, launch new product (maybe?), schedule meetings, build futures, construct things, enforce policy, ensure safety, evaluate needs, identify and solve all problems and prepare meals. Most likely, you will be working over time each day and your client will tell you that they hate you a time or two before your job is finished. Hang in there though; it’s all part of the job.
Lastly, I want to remind you why you applied for the position…because undoubtedly you are going to question your decision throughout your tenure. Your client needs someone special, someone with your qualities specifically. They need someone who is results oriented, adaptable, reliable, enthusiastic, intuitive…and someone they can depend on who will be there throughout the entire project, offering sleepless nights of support and guidance all while keeping a sense of humor.
Anyway, I know it sounds tough, but someone thought you were the most competent person for the job. I wholeheartedly agree...you're going to be a wonderful mother!