Tuesday, April 5, 2011
So Long..Farewell..Auf Wiedersehen WIC
So if you follow me on twitter you may have seen me talking about my 'second to last day'. For those of you who don't know I have been working for WIC for the last 14 months. WIC stands for Women Infants and Children, and it's a supplemental food program geared towards nutrition and breastfeeding counseling. It's funded by the state and if you live in the US, most likely your state has a WIC program.
I've learned a lot at my time at WIC, like that people forget that milk is not a meal replacement for their kids, juice is just as good as eating fruit (as long as it's 100%), and Flaming Hot Cheetos are a staple for any good diet. I kid I kid. I really have learned a lot and the knowledge I've gained regarding child development, breastfeeding, and a child's will are invaluable tools for my life.
I will say that while I will not miss stubborn 3-year-olds refusing to let me check their height and weight (seriously, all you have to do is stand there...it's the worst part of your day..standing), I will totally miss the staff and especially the girls at the Tempe clinic. It's a rarity that so many females in such a small work environment not only get along so well, but that there is legitimate bonding present. I will miss hearing the stories of their weekend activities, their families and new exciting chapters in their lives.
With that said, I am on to a new and exciting chapter in mine! I recently got offered another job with the state! I will be working for the Arizona Department of Education, in the Health and Nutrition department. I'm officially going to be an 'Education Program Specialist' or in simpler terms, I'm going to audit the National School Lunch Program. It kind of sounds...vague, I know, but basically I'll be going to schools all over Arizona and making sure that they are complying with all of the necessary regulations and dietary guidelines to participate in the School Lunch Program.
I'm excited for the opportunity to have some variety, see some new places and meet some new people. Woo hoo!
So with that, tomorrow I will be saying goodbye to my friends at WIC, and I will truly miss them. Here are some pictures of the Tempe girls hanging out last week at a little farewell dinner. We had some trouble getting the picture going, and as you can tell from the progression of the photos, our smiles got less and less sincere as the process went on....
Of course, our talented photog!
Thanks WIC, it's been real.
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