One Of My Few Regrets…

Friends, Mrs. Mimi tends to say it like it is.  Or at least, I say it how I see it.  And, so far, I don’t have many regrets.  UNTIL….the Save Our Schools march came along. 


You may have noticed that posting around here has been pretty sparse, sometimes bordering on non-existent.  These periods of silence are usually followed up with long rambly posts in which I apologize and promise to do better.  Cue a few more weeks with no posting and there you have it- my own personal shame spiral.

Few things mean more to me than the welfare of teachers and their ability to create dynamic, nourishing environments for their students.  I will support the shit out of you for the rest of my blogging days because, at my core, I AM A TEACHER.  Teaching has always come first for me….my little beloved friends, my Super Colleagues, my work in classrooms.  And then I had a baby.

Holy that-kicked-my-ass, Batman!

Mini Mimi is amazing.  But with her came the adjustment of a lifetime.  Within the last year(ish) I became Mommy Mimi, Dr. Mimi and ventured out of the classroom to work more closely with teachers.  Can you say, “Too many balls in the air?”  Okay, maybe not too many balls, really just too many NEW balls combined with a host of old ones.  (Did anyone else just hear me compare blogging to “old balls?”  Was that out loud?  I think you know what I mean though.)  Clearly, it has taken me awhile to get all the pieces to fit together in a way that doesn’t have me routinely screaming into my pillow and/or lying on the floor paralyzed by my giant and multifaceted (albeit organized and color coded) To Do List.

This is a long way of saying I totally missed out on the Save Our Schools March and DAMN!  Was that shit up my alley!  I heard about it, read a bit about it but was so overwhelmed that I guess it just never went in.  And then, when I decided to scroll through old emails (and realized that one should really never let one’s email go because then one is assaulted by an inbox so full that it really could merit a place on The Biggest Loser), I saw it.  My email invitation to join the movement, to speak, to promote, to be a part of this amazing event.


But it was already too late.  I had a new ball that dropped when I wasn’t even looking.  I feel like I’ve let you all down.

Thank goodness for people with their shite together (such as Valerie Strauss) who posted about the event here.  Word on the street is Matt Damon brought down the house.  While he is not an educator, he is a lover of educators and because he is crazy famous, maybe someone will listen to him.  Plus, he’s not so hard on the eyes.  Even bald.  You can watch him speak here or read a transcript of his speech here.  I’m going to be trying desperately to catch up on ALL THAT I MISSED, so stay tuned via my Facey page or Twitter for more. 

In my heart, I am hoping against hope that it is not too late for me to find a place within this amazing, inspirational movement of brilliant educators.  No regrets, right?

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  • The Parents Across America site has links to Matt Damon's speech, Diane Ravitch's speech and even a "good luck" from Jon Stewart. Now that you're a parent, it's a perfect place for you to start 🙂

    Never, EVER feel guilty for missing something because you were busy being a mom.

    Check it out during nap time 🙂

    August 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm
  • I heart Matt Damon even more now than I did before, and I didn't think that was possible.

    You will headline at the next one! 😉

    August 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm
  • No worries. It's good to have you back, but mini-Mimi comes first!

    August 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm
  • I was mentioning to my hubby about another teacher blogger being able to post every day (every day!) and I was feeling envious and instantly put "Blog every day" on my to-do list, because I'm insane like that. Hubby said, "Clearly, [blogger] doesn't have children." And with that, hubby snapped me back into reality. Mini Mimi will always come first, and that's OK.
    P.S. Just wait until you have two. Who am I? What day is it?

    August 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm
  • I went to the march, and I have to say, Matt Damon was not the exciting part. Aside from meeting so many wonderful teachers, hearing Kozol's and LDH's speeches were the best part. Hearing all the passion coming from Kozol's slight, older self was inspiring. THAT is what people should watch, if they can find the video.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm
  • I just watched the video of Matt Damon about 3 times and each time I do I smile a little bit more. I breaks my heart to think that people don't think our profession is part/time or that we get paid more than we should.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm
  • Please don't feel guilty at all. No regrets when it comes to taking care of your precious angel. I know, I've been there…I have a little 14 month old and am trying to do it all as a school psychologist and wife and mom. No regrets, girl, … Just happy memories!:)

    August 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm

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