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Contented With the Hodgepodge

Hola!!  I don’t know about you, but I am very thankful that Monday is a holiday!  It’s always a nice little break after having been in school a couple of weeks.  I need the day to catch my breath and just be, even if I will be working from home…albeit in my jammies.  Join up with Joyce so you can have the same kind of fun we are!!

1.  Labor Day weekend (in the US of A) is approaching…what’s something you’ve labored over this year?

Early in the year, I labored over finishing my Reading Endorsement.  It was something I really needed to finish but had time to do.  I didn’t think I’d have time to take the final two classes, but I was very fortunate in that my scheduling worked out perfectly.  I had very supportive instructors who provided helpful and positive feedback.  Although the Reading Endorsement program is a notoriously difficult one, I am thankful I went through the experience and find myself with a better understanding of why struggling readers have such a hard time and how to address their needs better.

2.  What is one word to describe your ‘job’ or career?

Consuming

3.  What was your worst or least favorite job ever? Why?

My least favorite job was a temporary gig delivering phone books.  It was very difficult manual labor that I completed in the dead heat of the summer.  It was one of the most miserable experiences of my life.  I’d rather birth ten babies without epidurals than deliver phone books again.

4.  How do you measure contentment?

This is a tough question and, obviously, very subjective.  Personally, I measure contentment by the level of peace in my heart.  How do I find peace?  By trusting God through the good and the bad and not wanting for more than He gives me.  Although I thought of throwing the word “joy” in my answer, I decided not to because I may not always feel joy in my life, but I can always be at peace knowing that my heavenly Father loves me and sent His Son to die for me.  Everything else pales in comparison.

5.  Pickles-like or dislike? What is something you eat that requires a pickle? Dill, bread and butter, sweet gherkins…what’s your favorite kind of pickle?

My favorite kind of pickle is the one that is on my plate in front of me.  I like them all.

6.  In your current house-town-state, what is it you like living close to?

I live less than fifteen minutes from the beach.  Although I do not cross the bridge often, just knowing that I can makes me a very happy girl.

7.  What is one thing on your ‘want-to-do’ list before summer draws to an official close?

In my mind, once school started, summer officially ended.  Honestly, I am content because I feel as though I accomplished everything on my want-to-do list.  Now, that’s not to say that if I won the lottery, I wouldn’t be able to find stuff to do while I was enjoying my early retirement.  However, I rested up all summer, kept the house in somewhat-decent shape, and simply enjoyed being me.

8.  My Random Thought

I continue to be in awe of the classes I’ve been assigned this year.  Although the work is quite daunting…teaching English/Intensive Reading/Writing, I am thrilled every time my students walk through the door.

They are respectful.

They are eager to do well.

They are allowing me to conform them to the classroom expectations they developed.

They are, quite simply, precious, and I have grown to love these kiddos so much already.  I cannot imagine how much more I’m going to love them by June.

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4 Responses

  1. I’m in total agreement with your answer to #4! Sure sounds like you’re off to a great school year! I would love to live near the beach…I’d be there every chance I could get! I never can get enough of the sound of waves rolling in.

  2. Wow-guess I will never even consider delivering phone books : ) So glad you have sweet classes this year!

  3. “I’d rather birth ten babies without epidurals than deliver phone books” – totally laughing! That must have been one seriously awful job!! 😉 And oh yes, I, too, absolutely love knowing I can walk to the beach at any time… our God is so good, isn’t He, to give us such beauty? Have a great weekend!

  4. Oh, how nice to read about your students! I hope you have a wonderful year! Thanks for being a teacher.

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