Well ME; to exaggerate for a joke I live the typical student style, I'm a selfish spoiled brat who has my own room (which is a rare commodity in this house), rarely packs away clothes that are folded for me straight away, has free access to an internet connected computer for studying in my bedroom at any time I wish and a Stereo to listen to music. Where does the mess come from except from me, as there's no one sharing my mess? Due to studying pressures I don't have to clean the house or catch up on washing or clean the bathrooms or do cooking on the weekends. I only do at least one load of washing, tumble drying, and hanging out a day and that's only if I remember (which I most often don't). Most of the times the closest my fingers get to make a meal are to dish up once it has been made. I don't even have to pay board because I don't work when I study. That's the exaggerated but spoiled side of me that I hope will change for good.
I am nearly finished certificate III and am happy that it is the holidays soon. After the short break I will be doing the Diploma in Children's Services. Granny Murray and Aunty Hazel will also be coming over soon, which is something we are all looking forward to.
Am only just getting into the understanding of myself and my identity as a single person in the workplace context and what my Christian purpose is regarding this area. Because I have different values concerning family and bringing up children to some of the lecturers and many of the parents who send their children to care, there was a time I was really thinking hard about what the heck I was doing in a career that conflicted with these ideas. In Australia many people send their children into care out of choice rather than necessity (as would be the case in South Africa). I now see myself as serving and supporting the child and the family and that it is their choice to put their child into care. Recently I now feel a strong sense of wanting to serve these children to the utmost before God using the circumstances, contexts and resources that are at a childcare centre. And also developing a respectful and caring relationship with families that is trusted and which could in time open up new opportunities. I also feel I have an opportunity in communicating and developing relationships between carers at the centre. So I'm really grateful to God for this new perspective as it gives me new motivation in my studies.