What She Wore: Black capri/gaucho style pants; black, short-sleeve tee; gold button-down, hooded jacket with three-quarter-length sleeves; black leather boots.
I usually talk about my own teaching experiences, but that’s not really the whole picture. I have been lucky to work with some amazing people at my current job–people who are really dedicated not only to the the profession, but to the kids themselves. I could name very few teachers at my school who don’t seem seem to be driven by their caring attitude.
The other day one of my students arrived to school late, and as him mom dropped him off she told me, We went to get a physical, so he could try out for basketball, but things just didn’t work out–we’ll have to do it next year. I was extremely disappointed to hear this, and felt certain that money was part of the problem–so often, that’s the ruling problem in my kid’s lives. After his mom left, I asked the student what had happened. Apparently, the doctor’s office had tried to charge them forty dollars for the physical!!! Mom couldn’t afford it, so they had to leave. It was the last day for physicals to be turned in, so the student would not get to try out for the basketball team. He was crushed and so was I.
I had no idea what I could do–athletics is very stringent and I knew that getting around the rules wouldn’t be possible, but I told Mr. K what had happened. Mr. K was as upset as I was, but he’s friends with the basketball coach, so he went and took care of things. Coach listened to the story, recommended a place for the physical, and agreed to let our student try out with the football players who were trying out a week later due to their practice schedule. At lunch, Mr. K confirmed a price of ten dollars at the recommended clinic, and gave the student the good news.
It took a lot of people to make that kid’s day.
I don’t think one of us regrets it.
I’m proud to be a teacher sometimes.
I AM: a woman, a wife, a teacher, a friend.
I WANT: a new pair of boots
I HATE: that I have become so rigid.
I MISS: Being young enough to trick or treat
I FEAR: That I am too cautious.
I HEAR: My husband listening to NPR
I WONDER: Weather I should buy that big red purse I saw today
I REGRET: not getting my Master’s degree three years ago
I AM NOT: perfect
I DANCE: When I should be doing housework
I SING: all the cheesy songs that come on the Disney channel
I CRY: At everything–I’m not that kind of girl
I AM NOT ALWAYS: on top of things
I WRITE: On the internet–it’s strangely satisfying
I NEED: To stop being scared and go for the gusto
I SHOULD: Find a graduate-level class to take next semester.
I START: Lots of little projects
I FINISH: Less than half (but that’s OK with me)