If you pass a teacher today. Hug them and tell them that you love them. It’s okay if you don’t know them. They will probably need you to help them get to the car because their entire body aches.
This week I felt like I worked on the plantation. I know I technically only worked four days and one of those days was without students. But I’m tired! It was so hot! I was sweating in places that don’t need to sweat. As I was walking my students to the bus. I thought to myself. There is no way in hell! I would have survived being a slave working outside. Jesus take the wheel.
Instead of asking for school supplies. I should ask my parents to bring in fans. If a parent comes in with a fan. I’ll make them head room mom. And Little Sally Sue will be my assistant for the month of September.
Seriously, the first week is stressful. I need to make sure Little Billy gets on the right bus. DeShawn has his lunch money. I’m constantly counting my class to make sure I didn’t lose a kid in the hallway. By 12:30 I’m ready for my afternoon nap. I can’t pee whenever I want. The struggle…
I’ve been teaching for over 20 years. And the first week still breaks me down. My house is a hot mess. It only took four days and now it looks like hoarders moved in. I haven’t talked to anyone outside of work. My friend had the nerve to get an attitude because I didn’t answer a text. I had to break it down and let her know. “Girl, I’m working!”
So, if you see a teacher at the liquor store after work. Let the teacher check out before you. Even better pay it forward and buy their wine or beer. Just for this week.
I know I am a better mother in the summer when I don’t work. I was worried about not being able to find the balance between work and school. I don’t have to worry about that anymore. I’m too tired to move when I get home to do work anyway.
To my new teachers, veteran teachers and school staff. Have a great school year. And remember Thanksgiving is coming.
Confessions of a Tired Teacher,
~Broke Oops I mean Brooke