Thursday, September 15, 2011

Working for the Mouse

Back in GA we took a class offered by our church and taught by two wonderful people (Welch's) about marriage. Brother Welch told us a story about when he was working as a salesman and, while travelling all over the place, he got really discouraged one night and called his wife to complain. She patiently listened, and when he was done she said "Do you not remember this job came as a great answer to our prayers? Then buck up and get to work." He told that story a lot and I still remember the look on his face as he told this story which means a lot to me now.

PJ has always wanted to work for Disney World. I wanted to work for Disney when we met and I would always talk about being Belle and he said one night "I don't care what I do if it's just a greeter, I want to work at Disney World". I did not share that sentiment and when I found out princesses were a certain height (and I did not meet that height) the only job I wanted at Disney for me was gone. More recently when we were at school, we have a good friend named Bekka who told us all about her experiences at Disney as a College Program participant and I saw the "magic" come back to PJ's eyes as he thought about the possibility of working at Disney World. When I applied to school and was accepted for the Winter/Spring track starting Spring semester and found out I couldn't apply to fast grad until I had two semesters at BYU-I, we started thinking about what we would do for our off track semester in the fall. PJ really wants to do an internship with Disney for Engineering and luckily, for that field, you don't have to go through the College Program first. But what was I going to do for a full semester off school?

So I went off to institute one day and as soon as I walked in the room and sat down, I got an impression so strong I almost jumped out of my seat and ran home to talk to PJ. I waited until the end of institute and then left, but I really felt like we were supposed to apply to do the College Program for the fall and then apply to do his internship in a year. PJ wasn't too sure about it, I mean we both had to get accepted and we would have to find a way down to Florida and we would have to get rid of our apartment contract and, and, and- a lot of possibilities of it not working out. But we prayed about it and applied anyway and we did both get in and we did get down to Florida and we did get rid of our apartment so prayers were definitely answered.

But when I finally did start working, I found out I was going to be in the kitchen in the busiest fast food restaurant in the US, 2nd in the world only to a McDonalds in China. And no, that doesn't mean cooking, it means frying fries and scooping fries and getting the fries out of the window for the guests, being "on the line" if you will. It means closing the park which means I can get out as late as 2:00 on nights when we have special magic hours. And it means not seeing PJ because PJ gets to work until 12:45 every day and he's free to do whatever he wants. I don't get guest interaction, I, I, I, me, me, me right? Then I remembered Brother Welch's story previously told and realized I was being a baby. This will not (God willing) be my job forever, this is a summer job to help us make and save money until we go back to school. I have days off and even if they're not the same days PJ has off, I usually sleep in (from getting off work past 11 or 12) until 9 or 10 in the morning so by the time I'm up and ready to go, PJ's getting off work and ready, himself, to go do something. Lastly, without my crazy job and crazy hours, we wouldn't make as much as we had planned because I get more hours than PJ. There were a lot of hurdles to jump over to get here, and we jumped over every one, with God's help. So for me to complain about it is selfish and ungrateful.

So with all that said we are having a good time. On my days off we have been visiting the resorts and seeing what they're like. I've already been to the Beach Club, Contemporary, and the Animal Kingdom Lodge and recently we've seen the Grand Floridian and the Wilderness Lodge. Each are different, but Disney knows how to make every one great and individual. We get really great benefits such as our fully furnished apartment, free bus fare to and from work (and to other places around town but we have a car so we don't use the bus for entertainment too much), free admission for us and 3 friends each up to 6 times into the parks, 40% discounts off select dining, and once Halloween is over, we will receive a "Christmas bonus" of a book of coupons! So pretty much the best benefits I've ever had working a minimum wage job. There is a night church for us as well in case we work during the morning. Of course what you look for is what you'll find, and I'm looking on the sunny side! Working for the mouse is O.K. after all.