It’s Friday, time for another challenge! This week’s topic is a photo of you 10 years ago. The photo I chose was taken on October 31st, 2004. It was during a mother and daughter trip to Walt Disney World. The photo also represents the calm before a very bad turn my life took.
In September of 2004, I took a new position with the company I was working. This new job required me to relocate to Maryland for training and head to North Carolina as my final stop. The move and start of my training was good, things were looking very promising. Come October, things started to sour. This Disney trip was a much need break from a situation that kept getting worse and worse. Mom and I had a blast, got to experience a lot of fun things, and just enjoyed hanging out together.
When I returned to Maryland, I was not welcomed back with open arms. Instead, I was greeted by a kidney stone or ruptured cyst, which I was told I had to work instead of letting myself heal. I also learned I would not be allowed to go home for Thanksgiving weekend. Having to work that weekend meant I could not spend Thanksgiving with my family like I wanted to. I did manage to see them, but it required driving 8 hours in one day to do so. From that point on, I knew this job was not anything it was promised to be and I had a feeling my days were numbered.
Come December, I found myself laid-off, carless (it was a company car), the owner of a new kitten, and stuck in a state 4 hours away from my family. Thankfully, my mom was between jobs, so she stayed with me for a few days. From there we headed back to Connecticut, kitten in tow, to spend Christmas. Come the New Year, I was back in Maryland with my mother’s car and found myself trying to find a job. Having no luck on the job front, once my apartment lease was up, I headed home in April 2005.And it would be a very long time until I climb myself out of a the hole.
But, I always have this photo, and the rest of the trip’s photos, to remind me of some very fun times before life took a turn downward.