|Evan's jazz gig in Honolulu|
Only with us, our transformations happen daily, if not hourly. The Evan who toils away at a Navy job in Washington DC becomes pianist/accompanist Evan by night and weekend. Rose juggles so much
As children, our kids had the usual ambitions, but often in multiples. Sheridan in particular planned to be a pitcher for the Phillies AND first violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra (he figured the seasons didn’t really overlap, so why not?) As they grew, it became clear that they would not be pigeonholed. They have too many interests to limit themselves to doing one thing. for a living. The other issue, to be honest, is financial. No one job will fully support most of them at this point. But even if that weren’t the case, I can’t see them all settling into a single groove happily. This diversity of activity energizes them, and energizes their parents too. It’s stimulating to wear different hats, and to tap into different parts of ourselves to suit our various tasks.
In my case, I do wonder if it’s partly my attention span (or lack thereof.). After a certain number of days, I simply have to jump over to an entirely other position for a while because I’ve lost focus on Job #1. For example, I do nothing but write on my day off, Thursday. Shopping and chores be darned! This literary hiatus is just the change I need from my busy church life.
There are times I know that I, at least, envy those with only one job and regular hours (not to mention such niceties as good benefits and retirement plans). But clearly the single-career life is not for us. And so, when we look in our morning mirrors, we ask ourselves, “Who are we this time?”