These past few days have been a blur to me. I want to live my life in love the way Papa did. It was unusual to see a funeral where there was sadness but no regrets, to see a family operated from love instead of remorse.(a new concept for me, given my upbringing by the Southeastern Guilt Distributors, Inc.) The children & his widow were fairly stoic, the grandchildren wept inconsolably. My nephew said,” you got to love him longer than I did.”
The thing that stands out most I my mind is my 5 year old nephew Seth, who, when it was explained to him what would happen, piped up,” I got a shovel!” and actually brought, not a beach toy shovel , but a large camp shovel , to the graveside! We are a family who treasures & indulges its children, needless to say. Papa always joked that his youngest great-grandsons, ages 3-6 would be his pall-bearers. And they were, standing by the side of the oldest sons from each sibling.
So now I am back at work after being off for three days. I realize again how much I truly hate my job! Whoops, let’s try & be positive here. I am so glad this job gives me the opportunity to have lots of negative energy to rise above! How is that? I just never would have believed that there can be so many anal-retentive, fearful, downright mean people teaching school! You almost never hear a child laugh in these halls & if you do, it is quickly & sternly squelched. I have been teaching for 20 years & based all my dealings with children upon love & laughter, so this place is like a foreign country to me. This is my first year here, so I keep telling myself that I will adjust, but I hope I don’t get used to the casual cruelty I see all around.
I am slowly making some friends and I keep telling myself that maybe the people here need some care & affection. I am as kind as I can be, determined not to act like them! They all act as though they are survivors of some group tragedy.Oh, well; I only have to pass them in the halls. They have to live with themselves all the time.
I can get through it, do my best for the kids, who peck like starving sparrows at the small seeds of attention I have thrown them, and get home to my loved ones, leaving work at work.
I was a great teacher back when they actually let me teach. The No Child Left Behind Act has gutted Special Education, making it almost impossible to give each child the attention deserved & needed. Rather than teach daily living skills desperately needed, we have to teach memorized answers to the standardized test questions. For example kids that read on a 2nd grade level are forced to take a 4th grade test no matter how low their IQ. A week of instruction is lost each quarter while we give the tests to crying children.
I used to think I’d teach ‘till I dropped in front of my class, now I am counting the days until I can retire.
Enough of this rant, I will be off for Spring Break in 10 days, so my mood will definitely improve!