This no school for at least four weeks is really starting to feel real…getting to be like summer vacation, have to look at the calendar on the wall to double check what day it is.
We have been pretty fortunate out here in the boondocks…only one case of the virus here in our county. There are several in our state, mostly on the other side…thus far not too many on our northwestern side.
Cannot get over the craziness of it all…I completely understand the severity of the situation, but I feel like so many people gone off their rockers…just as so many have completely ignored the seriousness of the matter. I’m standing in the middle saying, I just need a half gallon of milk and one four roll pack of tp and we’ll be good for a week or so.
Part of me wonders, as a believer, if this isn’t God’s way of thinning out the herd, so to speak…and trying to teach us something.
If nothing else, 2020 has started off as a real shit show…the world is in shambles, my marriage has fallen apart, my job sucks (not working now that schools are out) and I feel as though I’ve lost every ounce of control in my life.
Calgon, take me away….
Just finished a glass of whiskey and Coke…was one of those days…love those junior high kiddos…but I tell you…some days they run a person ragged.
One group of the seventh graders are pissed at me because I turned them into the office for continually refusing to mind me during study hall…when I had it and yelled for them to stop being loud and hopping all over the room they reacted like I was out of place…had had it with being ignored…they have seldom ever heard Ms. P raise her voice. Thursday they will be getting a visit from the principal on their poor behavour.
The seventh grade started with another new math teacher today. The original math teacher passed away in January…the following two quit…yeah, a spunky group…they are my favorites after being their aide all last year, but man…they are tough on teachers they decide they don’t like. Have to say, this new one seems like she may last, she was stern with them, told them one strike and they were at the office…she would not tolerate their antics…maybe if the others had started that way they would have lasted.
The major plus of the day was getting one of my kiddos to sit and focus long enough to recite for me a personal narrative paper that was due days ago. I don’t mind writing for them as long as they tell me what to write….if that gets the work done some days…just tell me what to write…team work.
Tomorrow is a short day…I get off early…my brother and I are headed down to state to watch my niece’s team play basketball…not a big fan of basketball, but going to state is a big thing and it’s her senior year…so road tripping we go! Not so sure I’ve ever road tripped with my brother…should be interesting.
Besides that, a fairly dull day…dull is better than crappy!
Had quite the day at school today…have to say those junior high aged kids are an absolute joy and an absolute frustration to work with. They can test every nerve but when they know when of their favorite adults is having a hard day…the joy they bring is such a gift.
This morning while coming into my study hall one of the 8th graders asked if they could give me a hug, being an aide it’s okay, and gave him a side hug…he said, you smell good and walked away. It was such a small thing, but it made me smile…crazy kids.
One of my favorite students from last year is always glad to see me, always has a big smile and has to give me a hug. This kiddo doesn’t get anything done for the other aides without pulling teeth, I can give him the I’m disappointed in your not doing your work or not doing the type of work I know you can do, routine and boy…he will start to accomplish what the others had been on him for days for. At the end of the day today he gave me a balloon dog he made in art class, just because.
Seriously thinking about going back to college so I can teach…agriculture…crazy, but I think I’m going to do it…have some big cheerleaders pushing me and thinking it’s something I’d really enjoy. My family doctor came up with the angle of ag teacher being I love working with the kids and find such joy when they come to the point in a class where the light comes on and they get it! She also knows I went to college for agriculture and that is my first love. Mentioned it to my lawyer last week and he’s like….start getting information….ag teachers are in high demand. Everyone keeps telling me I’m still more than young enough, just turned 47, feels like a bit of a pipe dream now.
With all of that being said….have chihuahuas watching me with dropping eyes…past their bed times.
Just finished a wonderful visit with one of my oldest friends in the world…sometimes one just needs to reconnect with that person and just be….we don’t talk often, but when we do….we can talk for ages and time just disappears. We all need that one person!
Subbed at the junior high three days this week and although I am pooped, it really was the medicine I needed for what life has been throwing at me the past two months. Next week I will be going back to working part-time at the school and have to say…kind of looking forward to it!
Was surprised today…even cried a bit…was in study hall in the resource room, helping some of my favorite 7th graders when the teacher asked one of the kiddos to walk to the office with her to help her with something…when they came back I was asked to come out to the hall….and Colton handed me these….
My daughter and her fiance sent me flowers for Valentine’s Day (we have no school tomorrow)! The teacher was my daughter’s teacher back in the day and they conspired! Haven’t been given flowers in many years…along with life being such a treat right now…I cried right out in the hall. Definitely blessed with some great people in my life!
Winter has definitely reignited…we had a few really nice days, just a bit above freezing…able to get some laundry out on the line…today most area schools had a two hour late start, think my pickup said it was still several degrees below zero at 10:00 this morning and we only made it a few degrees above zero for a high. Most surely wakes a person up! It’s this time of year I start saying…spring is getting closer with each day…
Spring is getting closer with each day….
When your world comes falling down around your feet…..where do you find it in yourself to pick yourself up and start all over again. 31 years….what the hell….I am now only The Farmer’s Daughter….
Starting to get the cabin fever…ready for winter to start loosening up a bit, although in all reality we haven’t had near the winter like the winters we had when I was a kid. The older I get the less and less I care for winter.
Have been filling in, subing at the junior high school a bit more lately. Has been nice getting out and talking to adults and seeing the kiddos. Last week the gal who was hired to take over when I left, put in her notice…there has been hinting going on about whether I would be interested in coming back full time….have to say that I am considering it.
Our small school has been hit pretty hard lately…in January we lost a teacher and two former principals, three in one month was tough…four days ago we lost a high school student to an accident…such a sad time.
Ruby and I went to the folks yesterday afternoon for a weekly weekend visit….dad told me this amazing story and it just hit me that I had to share it…true story…
Ol’ Bob passed away, gosh, can’t recall at the moment whether it was spring or summer…pry should have asked dad…anyway….Bob passed away while fixing fence…he was round about 90 give or take a year or so…good old guy.
When the ambulance folk came to take Bob away~a young calf came over and laid down in the same spot Bob was just removed. That alone touched my heart.
Dad was in town days ago and learned that recently Bob’s wife (who had been a school teacher of my 76 year old dad) and family had loaded up the herd to sell…guess who was never found? That calf…nowhere to be found. Those are the times that remind me, that to me, God is real….
Much Love and Happy Sunday….
Winter storm in the forecast…better get out while we can.