Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A year ago Today Part 2 (long)

I woke up at 6am with a smile on my face and a bounce in my step. That was our first night in our new home. I got ready for work and kissed Bobby and told him to have a good day. He started work at 9am and I always called him around 10-11am to tell him to have a great day and see what was up. He worked 45min north of our home and I worked 30min south of it. I dont remember what time it was when I called his work, but I remember ever word of the conversation I had. The phone was ringing and then I heard an unfamiliar male voice on the other end say "Blockbuster Video this is Paul". I thought Paul? who is Paul? he doesnt have a Paul that works there. I said "May I speak with Bobby please" There was silence on the other end of the phone and after a long pause he simply said "Hes not here." I said "What do you mean hes not there, he opens this morning." There was another long pause and in slow motion I heard him say "He doesnt work here anymore." Surely this was some kind of mistake! I said "What do you mean he doesnt work there...hes the store manager! This is his wife! Where is he?" There was no pause this time and he said "Im sorry, all I can tell you is he no longer is employed here." After that I dont remember saying anything or hanging up the phone. I just sat in my chair and all I kept hearing was "he doesnt work here, he doesnt work here" over and over in my head. I stood up grabbed my purse and keys and on the way out the door I said something like "Ive got to go somethings wrong with Bobby". Our phones werent hooked up yet at home so I couldnt call. That 30 min drive felt like and eternity. I was crying the whole way, then halfway through the trip home it hit me. Im 7 months pregnant and I will no longer have health insurance, how are we going to pay the mortgage and the Bills? My mind was racing. This had to be some horrible mistake! I pulled into the driveway and into the garage. Bobby must have heard the door go up and he was downstairs waiting on me to walk in. My face was red and I had tear streaming down my face. He said "Im so sorry, but Im going to fix this. I promise. We will be ok."
He told me he was fired over 2 mystery shop scores. A mystery shop is when people are paid to come into the store, rent a movie and then answer questions about what happend. Were you greeted when you walked in? Were they polite and helpful? Dressed professionaly? Name tags visable? Etc. He had 2 40% scores in a row. The first one was probally legit, but the second one was way off base! They wouldnt even look at the video from that night that would have proved Bobbys case! Then that video tape disappeared. This was a class C violation (the low mystery shop score) He should have been written up. But instead Blockbuster decided that they wanted to make a statement that this would not be tolerated any longer and he was fired on the spot.
For Hours we didnt talk after that, we just sat there and cryed. I dont remember much after that. I know his mom came by and told us he needed to file for unemployment and we needed to go to DHHR to sign up for food stamps and the medical card for me and the baby.
The next day we tryed to be positive. I went to work because we needed the money. His mom was supportive and went to the unemployment office with him.
Looking back on things it was a blessing in disguise with him getting fired. Even though he was a store manager and we made a nice salary, there was no place for him to move up. It was a very stressful job and he hated it most days. This year has been nothing short of a rollercoaster, and we have been down alot of hills. At times it seemed like a neverending hill. But now things are finally looking up and we are going back up that hill. Hopefully soon we will have good news to share. if you made it this far, Thank you. Its been a rough road, but Im glad to have my friends and family to help us through it.


Christina said...

Wow. What a story. What drama. Everything so perfect, and then that bone-chilling shock. I can imagine the fear, with a baby due in two months. Wow. But it sounds like you have made the best of it and it's actually been a good thing after all!

Tara Poulsen said...

Wow. I had no idea. What a stressful situation for you to be in while pregnant. I am glad that things are looking good for you now. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason so you must have some more good things coming to you.

Laura McIntyre said...

I remember when this happened, how horrible. Things do happen for a reason though and im sure for the best

Mrs. Thacker said...

just think a year ago today. ( 10/04) we were just meeting. lord how time flies. make is slow down!!!! hope to have many more years with you as one of my good friends.