Today, is back to school day for thousands of teachers and kids around the country. Early, I think, since it’s just August 23, and I recall never starting that soon, but I guess times change. One thing’s for sure, as I write this, all I can think about is how glad I am that I am no longer a teacher. I have the utmost respect for them, but LORD, it was the hardest job I have ever had to do. Being a mom is tough, yes, but at least you love your own children. With teaching, I had 200 kids — I loved some of them, yes, definitely, but some, ewww, well, they were just downright annoying.
So today my hat is off to all the good teachers of the world (my own mom being one of them). For those that treat all their students equally and really make a difference in their lives. For those that rise at 5:45am to be sitting in their classroom looking chipper when the bell rings at seven. I love these teachers! And I admire them even more because I was never really what you’d call a “good” teacher. Yes, I loved kids and they made me laugh and I loved my subject matter (English and Literature), but I’ll admit, I had no patience for all the tedious things teachers have to put up with. Things like talking to parents, grading papers, waiting for the buses to leave before I could burn rubber out of the parking lot, and the 3D pumpkin appliqué sweatshirts that some of my co-workers would wear around Halloween. Those things made me CRAZY.
That’s probably why I only taught for four years before leaving to write full time. Something told me that telling my kids to “brainstorm about adverbs in their journals” while I checked D-listed and Perez Hilton, was wrong. I knew in my heart I wasn’t cut out to be a teacher forever, and that I was doing the children of the world a disservice by masquerading as a legitimate educator.
All of this makes me SO thankful for the teachers that are strong enough people to do this job, and do it well. Even though they work for far too little money and put up with far too much bureaucratic crap from school districts — they love our kids and help them succeed. They’re saints! So thanks today to all the teachers out there heading back to school! You are the BEST!