The approximate time left to tell my former principal that I have successfully found childcare for my girls and can re-interview for my old position to come back as a teacher in the fall. The saga which has been my leave from my teaching position in January and the will- I/won’t- I- be- returning game of tennis is finally coming to the match point.
So who is the winner?
I have been riding this rollercoaster of a decision since last fall, right before Thanksgiving break from school. Needless to say, a dependable sitter was not one of the things I was thankful for Thanksgiving 2015. Of course there are many more important issues in life, but a change from one’s job, especially a job that is a part of who I am, is difficult. Granted, I am fortunate enough that my family will be able to “get by” without me working. I have since been able to explore my love for writing and avenues that I can take from home to make a little money while still spending time with my girls. I have been blessed in more ways than I can even count, and of that I am well aware. So, please, do not think this is a “woah is me” sob story.
But the truth is, as it comes down to these final minutes, I do find myself tearing up. If I am even more honest, had I successfully found someone I was comfortable leaving my children with, the tears would probably be streaming down my face, forming little pools of guilt on my laptop.
I will not be returning to my life of a teacher in the fall. This will be the first fall since 2004 where I do not sharpen a class set of fresh #2’s for the big day, compile my class lists and seating charts, make copies of my Freshmen English packets of super-important Freshmen English information that is critical to hold on to or it will self destruct, and your whole world as a Freshmen English student along with it. I leave behind my classroom. Another will greet students at the door. I leave behind my curriculum that I have lovingly and studiously put together in hopes of opening the eyes of my students, just a little, to a world of which they are almost completely ignorant. We forage the path of World Literature together, learning of cultures and worlds seemingly so ancient and removed from this world we now live in, yet which speak truths that still remain. I leave behind a group of students who have stuck by me since 2011, forming a committee known as the I Remember Committee, working together to bring speakers to our school each spring to discuss topics like the Holocaust, genocide, human rights and how to make a difference in the world. I leave behind my colleagues and friends.
I leave behind a part of myself.
But, this fall I will not be leaving behind my girls. We will get to make crafts for all the fall and winter holidays, decorating our home with our own creations. I will be able to swim in the piles of autumn leaves with them, every day if we want. At 3 and almost-2 years of age, there is so much that each day can hold, if I don’t allow the “need-to’s” to get in the way.
Truth be told, I am a bit sad that now my time has expired to return to my job this fall, but it is one to which someday I can go back. Perhaps not in the same district, or grade, but in some form “a return” can occur; while this time with my girls is a fleeting moment of which I appreciate the opportunity to enjoy.
So although my neck is exhausted from this Wimbledon series of, “To Return or Not To Return”- there is no question.
I have won this match.
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