Give fitzy a Hand Up

Almost 4 years ago when i left Edmonton to be with mom i knew it wouldn't be for a short time, and i knew it would be rough finding work back in radio.   But i spent months going back and forth trying to decide what to do.   We had already lost dad and mom was battling her illness alone... waking up in that house by herself everyday.

With that on my mind i HATED going to work... i felt like i was choosing myself over my mother.   And, let's face it - my show was suffering.   I found myself making the conscious decision to take it easy, to not get into anything too deep in the show.   I was mailing it in, as they say.   I was grumpy.   My bosses noticed and we agreed something needed to change.  It was the push i needed to go home to mom.   That decision i will NEVER EVER regret. 

We reconnected.  We shared moments that we would never have had.   We went on a trip to see her goddaughter/niece and her family in FSJ.  I was there when she collapsed, i was there when she wouldn't wake up.   I was there when she needed somebody. 

It wasn't without arguments though, we're both stubborn as hell lol. 

Her death hit me so hard.   It was so unfair.   She struggled her entire life and to have this ending at just 68 was just bs.

It took a year to settle her estate, and in January of this year when it was finally done, all i wanted is to get back to normal.   I packed up and moved back to Edmonton, I'll just be there and SOMETHING will come up. 

It did.   Covid came up.   lol... faaaak.   Everything is shut down, nobody is hiring.   How long will this last?  My brain whirled as i flew through my savings.   

A few trips back home to Chilliwack to be with a good friend after her dad passed.  It was sunny and it warmed my heart to be home.   After months of being in the house in Edmonton i decided i needed to be here.   If all I'm going to do is sit home, i might as well be in Chilliwack so i can go to the lake,  my happy place. 

I've been back since the middle of May.   i have never stopped looking for work, even applying for local jobs.   

'I see you worked in radio,  will you only be with us temporarily then?'  I'm a terrible liar.

Here we are heading into November.   My savings gone, owing friends money, deferred car payments and the bills coming around again soon.   

I'm at a loss, and I need a hand up.   This is so hard for me to ask.   Humiliating, but necessary. 



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Rob Fitzgerald 
Chilliwack, BC
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