I love my job.
Yes, there are frustrations. Yes, teenagers make me want to pull my hair out. Yes, I do currently need another 7 cups of coffee.
When Monday begins by getting text messages while I’m in the shower at 5:30 a.m. that one of my lead teachers is out sick for the day…followed by getting another text message 20 minutes later that my other lead teacher is out for the day…I jump into overdrive.
My morning became a blur of getting sub plans, test keys, and copies printed. Trying to figure out exactly everything that needed to be accomplished.
I can handle it all.
It just adds a little craziness to my day.
It’s ok, because I had coffee this morning. And more importantly, I had some time with Jesus this morning.
And on top of the absolute insanity that today has brought, a wonderful, amazing gift was just dropped in my lap. I got to work with one of the kiddos that I don’t get to work with very often. And he was working on a study guide for Of Mice and Men.
I love John Steinbeck.
I love Of Mice and Men.
Helping students make the connections in the story just brings happiness to my day.
Because…I’m a nerd.
I’m a HUGE nerd.
I even went as a nerd for Halloween this year.
I’m also an adorable nerd.
I love my pocket protector. And my slide rule, in it’s own leather case.
The suspenders I was ready to burn. No woman should ever have to wear suspenders.
Anyway, we’re getting off track…
I totally went all uber nerd on one of my students this morning. He was working on his study guide for Of Mice and Men and one of the questions asked how it would make you feel needing to kill a beloved pet. My student asked when this class became a therapy session.
When reading great literature, the goal is always to make you think. Make you feel. Make you explore your feelings about the things that you think about.
My student and I then proceeded to have a conversation where I explained the difference between a whore and a tart, and how in society today, the word whore is often misused.
Conversations like this make me love my job. I get all warm and fuzzy inside.
Some days, you have to look really hard to find the good in the day. Especially on days where many things go wrong, or are crazy. Those are the days that you purposefully must look for the good in the world.
And though it may seem odd that a conversation about the differences between a whore and a tart are the thing that brightens your day, some days…you just have to roll with it.
Life is crazy. Enjoy the ride.