For those of you who may not have me on your Facebook friends list, I am happy to announce that I am once again employed… not just at any ol’ job, but the perfect job for me:
The LEGO Store.
I haven’t even started yet, but it doesn’t matter. I’ve been on job interviews where I’d like to get the position, but so far it’s never been because I REALLY want to work at that place – more so that I’d be happy to have the income again, and from a job I don’t loathe. This time, though, the actual job is what piqued my interest, even over the potential benefits.
…and when the benefits include not being broke and clientele that involves many attractive moms, that’s saying something :).
I grew up adoring my LEGO collection. As I said in my first interview for this job, I could disappear in my room for days – completely content to live, for a time, in the worlds that I was creating with these little plastic bricks. Whenever the subject comes up, I am always quick and happy to put forth my opinion that the best toys ever made are LEGO. They were the perfect playtime engagement for someone like me; I could let my imagination run wild, while also focusing on every creative detail. I could not only create whatever I envisioned, but I then had to figure out how to make it work, too. Heck, even after my premiere attempt with my family, the first movies I made on my own were horrible LEGO stop-motion attempts: a house building itself or cheesy action set in space.
This interest carried over into my childcare jobs, as well. At 24 Hr. Fitness, there was a certain 8-9 year old English kid who was visiting his grandma for a few weeks. We had a giant Duplo collection in the kid’s play area, and I’d spend a lot time playing there with the kids. When this English kid came in, though, I was absolutely fascinated by the things he was making. Most kids who played with the blocks did the same basic stuff that most kids would (which is more than fine), but this fella had the kind of especially inventive mind that really caters to a LEGO interest. Those were actually some of my favorite times in that job, because he and I would have discussions about what to put where, and what that door would be used for, and how to make that section sturdier. It was the same at YMCA; the bricks didn’t come out as often, but I remember one particular time a kid showing me the ship he made, and explaining what all of the little parts did, and I could see what he saw. Sure, the colors weren’t all matching, since he had to work with what he had, but he was one of the more troublesome kids, and to see that kind of clever imagination in his eyes as he talked about his creation was fantastic :).
So, my love of this product is extensive, and now I get to “do that” for a living. It’s the perfect job for me, because I’m the perfect person for the job. I love people, I enjoy retail (yeah, really), I’ve wanted to work in the mall for years, I love kids, and the cherry on top of this already perfect concoction is that, for the first time in my job history, I’m selling a product I actually really believe in. Even beyond everything else, that’s been the most exciting part.
God has truly blessed me with this new position, for the job itself, yes, but also for the relief of once again having an income. If you could look at my bank account, you’d see that this has come at the perfect time, and though I obviously won’t be raking in thousands of dollars a month, I’m going to be happy to go to work… and that’s worth quite a lot.