Thank you Thank you Thank you December 9, 2017 8:02 AM   Subscribe

This year was incredibly hard for me in a lot of ways.

My mom was catastrophically sick for most of it, then passed away. A long-lost, unknown sibling appeared. I was laid off at the end of May, my son suddenly lost his disability, and a bunch of other stuff that just drains a person of energy and hope.

Not only did a bunch of members comment on the posts relating to those things, but several members reached out off site to offer all sorts of support - emotional and otherwise.

I just wanted to acknowledge and thank you so much for your help. I am and will remain beyond grateful for this site and all of you.

And on a positive note, after six and a half months of unemployment, I now have my CDL license and I'm employed as a school bus driver.

Thank you again for caring and happiest of holidays from the 80 Cats family.
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit to MetaFilter-Related at 8:02 AM (28 comments total) 56 users marked this as a favorite

Hey, congratulations! That's great to hear; here's to a much better 2018.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 8:03 AM on December 9, 2017 [3 favorites]


School bus driver, that is awesome! I bet you’re well-loved by the students.
posted by porn in the woods at 8:08 AM on December 9, 2017 [5 favorites]


The job is great news; thanks for sharing it!
posted by languagehat at 8:24 AM on December 9, 2017 [1 favorite]


I'm so happy to hear your good news. Congratulations!
posted by Too-Ticky at 8:58 AM on December 9, 2017


So happy things are looking better for you.
posted by ellieBOA at 9:26 AM on December 9, 2017


I now have my CDL license and I'm employed as a school bus driver.

That is amazing to hear. I have been following you and your son through your Facebook page (in a totally not-creepy way, I promise) and donated some money to your YouCaring, and so you have been on my mind a lot as a person who needs a good thing to happen. I am so glad that it finally has.
posted by chainsofreedom at 9:36 AM on December 9, 2017 [4 favorites]


very glad to hear things are looking up for you!
posted by supermedusa at 10:00 AM on December 9, 2017


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posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 10:03 AM on December 9, 2017 [1 favorite]


Thank you for taking the time to share your good news! My heart is happy for you.
posted by bookmammal at 10:59 AM on December 9, 2017


I'm glad that the community was there for you. I've found MetaFilter to always shine in that way. I'm glad you're in a better place and I hope your situation keeps on improving for you. All the best.
posted by Fizz at 11:16 AM on December 9, 2017


Thank you for sharing your heartening news with us!
posted by lalex at 11:49 AM on December 9, 2017


Hail to the bus driver! I'm really glad you're feeling good about things.
posted by smoke at 1:10 PM on December 9, 2017


The feels on the bus to round and round, round and round...

Congratulations!
posted by arcticseal at 2:26 PM on December 9, 2017 [3 favorites]


Hey that’s great news about the job. I grew up in rural NorCal and spent a lot of time riding school buses. I was just thinking the other day how great it is that I can still remember a couple of those drivers with clarity and fondness. That’s how important they were. Just think, in the years and decades ahead, some of your charges will have clear and fond memories of you.
posted by notyou at 2:59 PM on December 9, 2017


Huzzah! Rock on!
posted by mightshould at 3:48 PM on December 9, 2017


The wheels on the bus go round and round! Here's to a great 2018.

With a tip of the hat to arcticseal for a better version of my post.
posted by 4ster at 4:03 PM on December 9, 2017 [2 favorites]


I'm so glad you persevered, and I hope things keep getting better and better for you. Thank you for an inspiring post, and wishing you and yours all the best.
posted by vers at 6:22 PM on December 9, 2017


Huzzah! The uptick starts, so now get ready to ride a gentle, ever-upward slope. You earned it!
posted by wenestvedt at 6:34 PM on December 9, 2017 [2 favorites]


Glad to hear your news. Congratulations on the CDL and the job!
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:40 PM on December 9, 2017


Keep up the awesome work! We're all cheering for you!
posted by mochapickle at 8:00 PM on December 9, 2017


Yay! So glad things are better!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:06 PM on December 9, 2017


It is so nice to read some positive news. Congratulations!
posted by Dip Flash at 9:21 PM on December 9, 2017


Congratulations! I hope this is the first of many wonderful new developments for you and your family.
posted by DingoMutt at 9:29 PM on December 9, 2017


80 Cats, I had a similarly poopy 2016/2017. I am almost through the end of it (two more probates to close) and I'm done. One thing I haven't mentioned here on MeFi is that among all the deaths, I restored contact with an estranged sister, and (after 25 years away) we actually like each other.

It gets easier. The loss, the change, the daily worry about what will happen next. It sounds like you've already got a big piece in play; your new job is fantastic. I don't know if this will track for you, but I'very been volunteering in an elementary school for almost 5 years now. The kids are difficult and trying and I look forward to seeing them all the time. Drive safely, and enjoy your kids .
posted by workerant at 10:58 PM on December 9, 2017 [10 favorites]


I am so glad to hear things are looking up a little for you...I'm sorry about your awful year. All the best in your bus driving!
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:55 AM on December 10, 2017


Good for you! Keep on keeping on!!
posted by tristeza at 12:40 PM on December 11, 2017


Woo Hoo 80 Cats! I'm so happy for you.
posted by MrBobinski at 5:22 PM on December 12, 2017


May good news keep on coming throughout 2018 for you, 80 Cats. Enjoy your new job!!!
posted by kinnakeet at 6:01 PM on December 14, 2017


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