Just Another Manic Wednesday
There are days when it feels like the stars have aligned and made you the Goddess of Teaching, teacher of the year, and the woman whose you-know-what doesn’t stink because even her shit is made of pure genius all wrapped into one.
Do you ever have those days?
Days when you get through everything in your plans but didn’t feel like you were rushing. Days when all your teaching comes together in ways you couldn’t imagine. It’s just that great. Days when all your friends are pumped about their learning and produce amazing things. Days when that particular friend who drives you batshit crazy is slightly harder to love does something kind and lovely for someone else. Days when the photocopier works, your classroom phone doesn’t ring and there are no interruptions at your door. Coats are on their hooks, the pencils are all sharpened and there isn’t a scrap of paper on the floor for as far as the eye can see.
Hold on, I’m a little choked up. It’s just so beautiful. Give me a moment.
These are the days when you tap into your inner Charlie Sheen and shout, “Winning!” as you high five your colleagues in the hall at the end of the day.
Regardless, you know what I’m talking about. We have all had those days. We have all relied on those days to get us through the other days.
Ah, the other days. Today I had one of those other days.
Those days when you can’t find your car keys, your wallet is in places unknown and you are ten minutes late to everything. Where the stars don’t align, you don’t feel productive and while you get things done, you know you could have done way more. You have food in your teeth, there is paper everywhere and where the hell did you leave that pen?! Your friends are snippy, the interruptions are endless and you are starting to feel as if Judith Viorst was writing about you, not some kid named Alexander.
Why is it that those other days always seem to follow up the days when you have rocked it endlessly? Is it the universe sending us a reality check? An ego check?
I think it’s just the nature of teaching. When I was getting certified, one of my favorite professors told me that teaching was all about not getting too caught up in the highs and the lows because they are extreme and ever changing.
Someone point me to the wine. After all, tomorrow is another day.