I was going to say “back in the saddle” but ‘back at the desk’ seems more appropriate-at the teacher’s desk that is.
One thing I don’t like about being a TOC (teacher on call) is benefitting from people’s illnesses. When a teacher goes down with a pesky cold or flu, I get a job. So I was delighted when the principal called me saying, “Mr. -‘s wife is in labour! Can you come for two days?” I never get to say “congratulations for being sick…” what a nice change.
And what a nice class! Grade 4 sweethearts. Of course, they are still kids that yell and wrestle perhaps a little more than they should. The difference is that when I ask them to stop it works!
My body is cold from walking from the car to the house in the rain but my heart is warm.
One thing I really like about being a TOC is the art work gifts that appear on my desk and in my hands. An original paper container covered with purple hearts – precious.
There a season for everything: a season to be unemployed, start the adventure of marriage and focus on my health; and now, a season to teach again. If anyone looked in my classroom they may think I was teaching in China again. Except that these second-generation kids speak English, whew!
I don’t have anything super deep or profound to say in the post… except that it’s good to be back and moving forward. And realize that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing… be a career woman or be married? Busy at work or spend time with family and hobbies and home? Life can have many flavours. I can create my own adventure.
I don’t see myself teaching full time at this point. I love teaching but it’s not the most important thing. Musicianship, writing, house/yard keeping, neighbouring, being a maunty, a sister, daughter, friend, wife and, perhaps one day, a mother all have landed on my path.
In all these things, I want to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who didn’t follow the crowd’s expectations or even his own desires all the time. He listened to the voice of his Abba and followed one day at a time.
That, my friends, is the greatest adventure of all.
I also think about the many people, friends, family, colleagues, home support clients etc.. who have encouraged in my teaching career when I wanted to give up.
Oh yes, tomorrow is pyjama day…. in what other career can I show up for work in my fuzzy blue bathrobe? Yes, teaching is pretty great 😉