Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jul 14 2010

Today was a good day

So yesterday was the start to my umptenth week of Institute (seriously, I forgot how long I have been at institute between ATL and LA). I was absolutely exhausted and questioning if I made the right decision by packing up overnight and moving across the country. Today, well today was a different. First, our bus driver came back. I know that sounds weird, but the bus drive is the start to every TFA work day, and if your driver is nuts, it throws your whole Chi off. LBUSD CMs I’m sure were all happy to have him back and he made us all nearly start crying when he said, “I’m sorry that I haven’t been here for you guys, but I had to go have some test to see if my testicular cancer returned, but thankfully I found out yesterday that it is benign.” That kind of thoughtfulness just doesn’t happen, I mean you are afraid your cancer has returned and you’re worrying about letting a bus full of teachers down…Well that put my life in perspective for Generosity of Spirit.

Then later we found out that today is TFA Day, the one day that TFA recognizes that, CMs are over worked, not paid, and may need to stop thinking about the kiddies for just one moment, so we can think about ourselves…so they gave us a whole afternoon off. Again, wow, an afternoon, right? No, I was nearly in tears hearing that I had longer than a 10 minute break between sessions. A whole afternoon to not think, to not plan, to not worry. Instead, after playing around the green, eating snow cones and getting a back massage, I went to the beach on the first non-June Gloom day we have had since I got here. I am so happy and thankful that I made it this far, my second mid-institute survey has come and gone. Now, 2 1/2 weeks left till I am done and can start teaching!!!

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