It is too bad we can't hang on to that same state of appreciation forever. I am really enjoying my job this year, however, and am truly grateful for the company of 120 fourteen year old girls each day. They keep me young and keep me thinking and definitely keep me on my toes.
I realize how lucky I am to have a passion that so engages me now that all my children have left home. I am staying at school later than ever as there is no reason to rush home, but I don't mind it because I enjoy percolating ideas in my room and creating all kinds of new things that I never had time to create before.
I have learned how to do power points and websites and have redone lessons, and I have even done lessons for other members of my department because it is rewarding and creatively satisfying. Yes, La Reina is becoming more and more a part of my life, but it is great to finally have arrived at a place in my career when I have enough experience under my belt to find my work not very stressful, and mostly just a lot of fun.
I was thinking today of how I always thought teaching was fun from the time I was a little girl and my favorite thing to do was to lure innocent neighborhood children into our garage, which I had converted into a schoolroom, and give them lots of work to do.
Today I spent the whole day grading essays, and I didn't even mind it that much, because I kept thinking how much worse it would have been trying to do them with a kidney stone.
Mainly tonight I am really happy that I am able to go to work every day and enjoy doing what I do best.