I was at work for 14 hours today. I have words. They might make sense. I'm not sure.
Here's my day in a nutshell:
1. Arrive at 7:15 AM. Work for 45 minutes.
2. Go to duty. Yes, I do my duty out on the back patio in front of everyone. I do my duty with Russ. We talk while we do duty. Sometimes, parents ask me questions while I do my duty.
3. Yes, Chris Drury, that duty talk was just for you. And it's listed as item #2. Because we're all blessed with the humor of 7th grade boys.
4. Teach a lesson.
5. Informal meeting while while working.
6. Teach same lesson.
8. Pick up my class and a discarded wrapper for a condom off the back porch as two boys squealed in dismay.
9. Said a prayer that some kid filled it with water and just made a very awkward water balloon.
10. Laughed about that image. It could be totally legit.
11. Taught the lesson for the 3rd time.
12. Killed a roach and saved a roomful of terrified children from said roach. It was tiny. It was barely a roachette.
13. Taught the lesson... again.
14 Taught it one last time.
16. Duty! Twice in one day!
17. Leadership team meeting -- 90 minutes.
18. Twenty minutes of the volleyball scrimmage.
19. Prepare sub notebook, sub lesson, and create escape plan for my not-so-good-might-erupt- with-change student because I won't be there tomorrow (for a day-long meeting) and that is a BIG change. Please pray around 12:15.
20. Read and re-read my sub notes to make sure that even a 7th grader can follow them because sometimes substitutes don't show up and then, basically, a 7th grader MIGHT BE RUNNING MY CLASS because they don't go tell anyone there's no teacher.
21. Left at 9:15.
22. Got dinner, drove home.
Yeah. Teaching. How hard could that be?
But every class was genuinely upset that I wouldn't be there tomorrow. Even the wild boys. That alone was worth all 840 minutes at work today.
You take the victories where you can get 'em, I say.