Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Keep Moving Forward

Sometimes I just feel really lost in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Teaching is a tough gig and teaching first grade is even tougher (out of the three grades I've taught, this one kicks my butt every year). I always want to slap people when they say things like, "You're so lucky to get three months off in the summer or boy, must be nice to only work 8-4, etc, etc." Trust me, teachers are off for a reason. 1) Let's just say if I made overtime, I'd be swimming in the money. I have no clue what a "40" hour work week is because mine tend to be closer to 60. 2) If we didn't get a break from the lovely angels we teach, we'd go completely, totally, 100% insane, and 3) Summers are not three months long. We are lucky to get 10 weeks off in the summer. Yes, I know that is 10 weeks, but refer back to numbers 1 and 2 please. Anyway, back to what I was originally talking about. Throw in the Mommy to a toddler gig and trying to help run a household gig and there are days that seems to just go on forever and ever. Thank God I have a good husband that helps out and pulls part of the workload or I don't think I could make it. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for all of this. I'm thankful I have a job to go to and that most of the time it's rewarding one, I'm thankful that I have a healthy toddler and am crazy enough to even want another, and I'm thankful that I have a home to help run. But, every once in a while I just want a break. I want to just drive until I run out of gas, but then I realize that with gas prices the way they are that probably wouldn't work real well. Then I think that maybe I could just walk for miles and miles, but let's face it I'm fluffier and older than I was 10 years ago so that probably wouldn't work either. So, I tell myself that I'll just keep moving forward and that in time, things will maybe, possibly, finally slow down just a little where I can actually catch my breath. Yeah... I know, who am I kidding??


Jen4 @ Amazing Trips said...

Life can be exhausting at times. I always try not to focus too much on what lies ahead, because I'd never make it. One step at a time. Find enjoyment whenever you can. But oh, what I would give to just take off on a vacation sometimes. Now, I finally understand what my parents were telling me when I was young and carefree and they'd say "ENJOY IT NOW!!"

10 weeks in the summer doesn't seem crazy to me, considering you hardly get any breaks once the school year starts up again. And wow, I know how hard you folks work and how important it is the work that you do. Teaching is definitely the most underpaid profession, in my opinion.

crayonmommy said...

Amen, sister!