Monday, October 28, 2013
truth... with a side of bacon
I know that seems like a ridiculous statement, but I think people forget sometimes that we are just like everyone else most days. We don't have superhuman abilities to manage teeneagers. We don't have endless patience. And we definitely have lives, friends, and family. Our weekdays revolve around our school and our students, but I just want to mention one thing to all those readers out there, be you parents, students, colleagues, or friends.
NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT YOU.
I see my students everywhere in the Orlando area, in restaurants, at concerts, in the grocery store. I remember one student looking in my cart, and asking in a stunned voice, "You eat bacon?"
Yes... yes I do. I've also been having a decade long on-again, off-again love affair with Swedish Fish. I do a lot of things that students and parents don't know about. I have interests and friends unrelated to my career. I have my own children and some days they drive me nuts. They drive their teachers nuts sometimes too. And I know this will shock you, but I'm not a superhero.
So I'm asking you, dear reader, to cut teachers a break. We have bad days. We lose our temper. We are sad and happy, excited and exhausted. And all this means that not every day is a perfect day for us or for our students. We are truly sorry for those days. But we keep coming back because we believe that maybe for one kid, maybe for your kid, we can make a difference. Even on a Monday morning, we come back to try again, because we love our disciplines, our students, and our schools.
And bacon... I for one definitely love bacon.