I Think I May Be Losing It
And no, I am not referring to my sanity – I got away from the Bacon Hunter, remember? And I’m certainly not talking about pounds – hey, it’s the holidays aaaannnddd….you might want to take a closer look at the old avatar of Mrs. Mimi there in the sidebar.
What I’m talking about is my ability to give directions. You see, the other night, the usually fabulous and ever helpful Mr. Mimi (I got one of the good ones, girls.) and I were finishing up the Christmas cards. I know, you’re all falling over from shock that I was recieving any help in the first place, but rest assured, I had already written, addressed and stamped over 100 cards on my own. One might say I was a well-oiled card writing machine at this point. Turn on an old episode of the Golden Girls in the background and I can get anything accomplished! Anyhow, Mr. Mimi volunteered to help me with the last few. Since I have teacher handwriting and he, well he does not, I wrote the cards and he was stuffing and stamping. I had organized and incorporated him into my system. Yet somehow, after three cards, we were already falling apart – cards had been stuffed recklessly into any envelope, rather than the envelope that the card was tucked into and therefore cards that read Dear Donna were stuffed in envelopes addressed to Ron. Christmas card system = fail.
Was it me? Have I lost my ability to give clear directions and organize a project? Normally, my family (Mr. Mimi at the lead) usually bristles when I speak to them like they are eight years old. I say it comes with the territory. But this new breakdown in communication has made me wonder…am I losing it? I mean, I am the woman who once was able to coordinate twenty energetic little bodies to create murals…work in centers…put on a freaking assembly!
I’m off to the mall despite all the snow. I have to go do a test drive of my teacher look…I’ll keep you posted.
As a man, I have to tell you… it's NOT you, it's us. The holidays and all the pressure that sounds them makes our male brains overload. 🙂
I think I may love you. This post is the funniest…and so true. I have to resist the urge to tell people to take their hats off in the mall, problem-solve and other general comments I make to my Grade 8's. However, I have also brought comments that my parents said, and I PROMISED myself I would never make, into my classroom. Things like: "well if everyone else jumped off a bridge…", "Do you have 2 broken legs?" etc!!
Have a great holiday!
Intentional incompetence gets me out of lots of annoying tasks, but it's a knife that cuts both ways. I'm stuck dealing with the household trash because my brilliant, well-educated wife still "can't" figure out the difference between garbage, recycling and compost . . . The only defense against intentional incompetence is to lower your standards and some of us can't do that.
I hope you're not losing any brain cells!
I DO love you…in a professional sense, of course!
Don't blame yourself for the missed directions to Mr. Mimi. I've been teaching for 34 years and married for nearly 40 (omg). It has always been easier to give directions to my students than to anyone at home…spouse or children.
I'm not sure why…maybe you can work on that as a "sub" dissertation.
Oh, and congrats on the new blog picture and what it represents! Your adventure is going to get a lot more interesting…sleepless…complicated…and fun.
Miss Mimi, I have to ask. Your comment about weight, your slightly round avatar, not being in the classroom this year… Do you have news to share??
Status update: Went to the mall and successfully forced a misbehaving child in Barnsey to come to a screeching halt with one well-timed 'teacher look'. Celebrating ensued.
Oh and Kristin, you are right! Baby Mimi is on the way!
Congratulations! (I thought about asking back when the avitar changed – but I subscribe to the RULE that one should NEVER ask a woman if she is pregnant unless one can actually see the baby coming out – even if it's just an avitar – we don't tell a woman she is looking rounder!)
congratulations!!!!! what exciting news!
the baby and the still-intact teacher look, i mean. 🙂