Maggie is still filling out forms for her new job. Her new manager called and gave her more papers to fill out online. She hasn’t started working yet. We got her a cell phone from Walmart. She needed an ID to get it to work. She doesn’t have a valid drivers permit any more so she used her passport number for her ID. Her senior class was going to go on a cruse so we got her a passport. In the end they didn’t go on the cruse. Maggie couldn’t get the phone to start working so she called the help line. We think that the phone is all set up but it may take up to two days to have it go completely through their system and start working. If it doesn’t start working tomorrow then she will call the help desk again.
While Maggie is waiting for her job to start she is working on building a city in Minecraft. She got a lot of pieces of loose leaf paper and taped them together and started to draw her city. There is no map or overview and she needs to keep track of where everything is. She was working on one piece of paper, but the city got too big. She has built the roads in the city but she hasn’t started the buildings yet. She has mapped on the large papers where she wants all of the buildings to go…the school, airport, parks etc. She showed her plan to her sister Beth and Beth didn’t like where the buildings were located. She didn’t like it that the school was by the airport. Maggie understands, but says that there is only so much room and some things will need to be in the wrong spot. Now Maggie has started a new map. She has the streets drawn in and is trying to figure out where to put the buildings. I said that no matter where you put the buildings, someone won’t like it. Put them where you want, or stay with your original plan. She doesn’t like to upset people so she will change her city to make others happy.
Maggie got a job at KFC. Woooooooo hooooooooooo! We are all so excited! She had an interview last week. They called a few days later and gave her a web site to go to to fill out some information. When she was done Maggie called in to the manager at KFC and he told Maggie that they would call her back to let her know when orientation would be. We are all so relieved. This is Maggie’s first job.
One of her first thoughts was how should she spend her first check. My dads advice to my little sister when she got her first job was to always save half of each check. At first it would be easy because she wouldn’t have any bills. Later she will be used to living off of that amount. His idea was that if she ever needed a larger amount of money for a big bill, a computer, a house or retirement, she would have the money. Also she wouldn’t have the stress of always wondering how she was going to pay for things. I gave that advise to Maggie. She just looked at me. I’m not sure if it was because I have told the kids that story many times or if it was because she had no intention of doing it. I also talked about giving to the church and having some spending money. She listened to me. That evening she made a list of the things that she would like to buy when she gets the money. She also put the dollar amount of each item on the list. It is an impressive list. She has had a lot of time to think and she watched as Beth and William got jobs and started to decide where all of their money would go. Maggie is so relieved to have gotten a job,
Beth is starting school in January. She is excited. Last week she went to the college and found her class rooms and went to see what clubs were available. She got her books and some notebooks. I am so excited for her. She is going to take two classes. I said that she needs to join a club. The kids need friends at the campus to get through. It can’t be all classes and homework. Even if they join a study group, at least they would have friends on campus. She isn’t sure what she wants to major in.
While Maggie is at home looking for a job she is building on Minecraft, making a castle. The castle was too tall for the game, there is an upper limit on how tall buildings can be, so she blasted down into the ground to start the base at a lower level. While doing this she came upon many caves, underground streams and lava. She built a lot of the castle then decided to start over. She is now building a city. First she put in streets. Then she was going to go to sidewalks. While building the streets Maggie asked me if I wanted a house built in her city. I was thrilled. She had a book of house styles, like tutor and colonial. I wanted a front porch so I picked a cabin. She built the house and furnished it. It was so sweet. Then Maggie went back to building streets.