First things first: check out Lyndsay (kittycat) Ballew’s blog for a glimpse at village life in Georgia. *hint–she went on a picnic and her food was still alive during the walk.
You can tell where you are in life by the thoughts you have, or what’s in your purse/murse, or how grateful you currently are for varying technologies.
Example: If you’ve recently thought ‘oh, good! I can get three hours of sleep tonight and still finish this paper!’ then you’re in college.
My life now is wrapped around thoughts like:
- “Oh my gosh, getting these children to stay on the same page is harder than herding cats.”
- “If I let this one sneeze on me, maybe I’ll get sick and can sleep in tomorrow.”
- “Do not curse at the little munchkins. Do not curse.”
- “Please stop talking.”
- “She should get in trouble. She’s disobeying. But her persistence is admirable.”
- “Oh good grief, child. The sentence is ‘He is running.’ Why is that hard?!?”
- **about a teacher’s pet** “Was I this annoying in elementary school? Mrs. Aiken I am SO sorry.”
- “Seriously, shut up.”
- “Literally just said that word out loud four times. If you would listen you would pronounce it correctly.”
- “You’re cute, but you’re not very good at being sneaky. Now I have to be the bad person and take your phone.”
- **follow up thought** “Why do you have a smart phone at 9 years old?”
- “You’re my favorite…Wait, can I have favorites?”
- “Are you really gonna make me sit next to you before you pay attention?”
- “I wonder what would happen if I just screamed at them all. Could I surprise them into silence?”
- “Why are they screaming so much?!?”
- “Thank you Jesus–I just saw the light bulb turn on.”
- “Breakthrough! We just had a breakthrough!”
- “Okay, maybe we are making progress.”
Those last three thoughts are what make this worth it, most of the time.
And my purse? It now has a ‘healthy’ (pun intended) supply of hard candies and a myriad of stickers.
….am I a teacher yet? Even a little bit? I hope so–because otherwise I’m exhausted for nothing.
Also, props to Brooks Stevens. Wikipedia says I have you to thank for the wonder that is the clothes dryer. (developing country problems)