Today I went to lunch with a good friend who is about to have a baby (literally...I told her at lunch that if her water broke, I would drive her to the hospital as long as she promised not to make a mess in my car). She and I met at my last job and became instant friends. It's funny, we lived parallel lives for a long time here in Maine (grew up a couple miles away from each other, played sports against each other) and even went to the same college for a few years and had mutual friends, but never met. When we finally met, we couldn't believe we never connected before.
I love catching up with her because she totally gets me. She's also unemployed since she got laid off from the same job as me, but she's really embraced the housewife role. She's definitely in a different place in life than me (she has a 3 year old son and like I said, is due any day now for son #2), but it's just so funny how for me, unemployment has been a true test of my strength and confidence, while for her, it has meant something completely different. Unemployment for her has meant extra time with her son and the chance to really prepare her home for a new baby.
I'm not religious, but for me it's clear that God or whoever is up there definitely has a plan for each of us. See, she wasn't pregnant when she lost her job. She'd been trying for a while to have baby #2 and it finally happened right after she lost her job. Her unemployment had a purpose.
And I'm sure mine does too. I'm sure my silver lining is just around the corner. I just hope it's not a baby! (haha, it's not, I swear)