When the trustee offered me the additional money to stay, in reality I felt honor-bound to keep the agreement I had made with another school district. So making the move not only cost us the expense of moving, it cost us the additional money I turned down.
And in this new position I encountered the realities of consolidation of schools, for the very year I made the move, two townships joined together and I got to see up close and personal the sorts of things that entailed. I loved the people, the kids and my fellow staff members, but I stayed only one year. The politics, the grinding of opinions against each other, the power plays were all too much.
The "forks" I chose from this point on led me through a fascinating career, giving me the opportunity to practice my trade in a most satisfying way and leaving me at the end with the knowledge that I had had the best jobs in the world!
I am ending the fantasy series at this point, for in reality everyday offers numerous options. On some days, there are more forks than you have in your silverware drawers. Decision-making becomes such an integral part of who we are that we don't even realize sometimes that even the smallest decision may lead us in a totally different direction from what might have been.
The message on the answering machine. Shall we call back? Shall we ignore the caller? Should we eat out this evening? Should we stay in? Highly unlikely, you may say, that a choice one way or the other in dealing with such minutiae would have a lasting effect on your life, that one choice may send you down a totally different pathway than would the other. But such things have been, and we will never know!
May all your roads take you to happiness and well-being!