This summer's travels brought me back to upstate New York to cover the maternity leave of a PA in a community hospital. There's another PA here and frankly, I hardly think the workload is enough to warrant two PAs but they've managed to convince the doctors otherwise so I haven't said anything to ruin that for them. It's a podunk town in a depressed area with a lot of rednecks and I'm not sure I care fir the general atmosphere but the community is quaint and there are a lot of good people out here. My parents are happy because it's in driving distance and I've enrolled Garrett in a Montessori school with an open pre-school/kindergarten classroom. He's doing really well and has made a few friends.
While on Maternity leave, the other PA found another job and decided not to come back. The position has been open for awhile with only a few applicants that have all turned it down. They've offered me the position twice, most recently yesterday. It's significantly less pay than I'm making now and obviously I'd lose my housing and vehicle compensation.
But...my school loans are nearly paid off and after that, I'd only have the usual expenses. Plus a car payment. There are a lot of gorgeous old Victorians here for cheap that need rehabbing, but they all come with sizable yards which would be good for Garrett to play in, and I could try my hand at gardening. The cost of living here is lower than big cities. But there's not a lot to do. Not even a Dunkin or Starbucks, though there's a local coffee house that's always crowded.
There isn't much in the way of a dating pool, although there's a new lab tech who I've been enjoying awkwardly flirting with. He's older and apparently a native of the region, although he did move away for a bit with his recent ex-wife. Yes, I'm treading slowly and carefully in those waters. But he's very sweet and kind, and nothing like the usual people that I fall for.
So...long story short, I'm considering taking the position. Strongly considering it.