You May Now Return to Your Regularly Scheduled Life

I can do this:

And this:

Woohoo! I have my life back. I’m sitting on my couch wearing a ratty nightshirt, my snuggy bathrobe and warm slipper socks watching The Soup on a sunny Saturday morning. This day is mine. MINE. There is nothing – not one thing – that I have to do today. I get to choose every thing I do – for the whole day.

I slept late. I watched TV in bed when I woke up. I got up when I was good and ready. I fed the cat. (Of course, I chose to do this. I didn’t have to. I’m sure Emmie would have let me off the hook.) I made coffee – and my milk frother miraculously started to work again. My oh my, this really is my day!

Now, I get to write a blog post. I’ll knit for as long as I want to. Will I take a shower? Get dressed? I don’t know. I haven’t decided.

It’s been one of the longest weeks of my life. Three days of parent conferences – two of them causing me to spend 12 1/2 solid hours at school. The grown-ups of 19 children sat across the table from me. There were tears. Only some of them were mine.
The last conference was a bit difficult – an intimidating dad who made it necessary for me to put on my sweetest Suzy Sunshine smile and my sing-song voice. It ended rather nicely, though when this tough guy said, “You’re what, 28? 30?” I told him I loved him and that I needed to go home and write in my diary.

I went home exhausted, but thrilled that is was OVER. Done, done, done. Stick a fork in me. I’m done. I still had to get through a full day on Friday with the kids, but I did it. One of the things that made me smile was this:

It’s my Teacher’s Pet. It was made for my by a little dollface girl as my report card gift. I didn’t know that teachers get report card gifts! So cool. She made it completely on her own – her own idea. No directions or model – nothing but a 3rd grader’s creativity. At the end of the day, she wanted me to eat some of it. Um. Hmmm. “Oh, I can’t wait to eat some,” I told her as I looked at the fingerprints in the caramels and the scotch tape that was holding the craft sticks together. “Yum! But I want to show it off to the other teachers first. Then I need to take pictures, but I don’t have my camera with me.” She bought it. After I took pictures, I pulled off a few caramels and one of the lollipops and hid them in the trash. Yum!

I’m now choosing to have more coffee. Then I’m going to knit my sock. No, wait. I’m going to knit my shawl. No, wait. I’m going to seam up my baby cardigan. My, oh my, it’s so hard to choose.

3 Responses to “You May Now Return to Your Regularly Scheduled Life”

  1. JennM Says:

    Ah yes, Knelley, I see I’m in VERY good company as far as my Knitting ADD. I have a feeling that Soprano dad is my husband in a few years. Let’s just say the public school system in Milford when he was in elementary school (WAY PRIOR to your becoming a teacher there) left a BAD taste in his mouth. He is dyslexic and based on what he says, the person who was hired by the school districtto help him with his learning disabilities did not do her job. I really wish he had teachers like you back then.

  2. costumechick Says:

    I am so jeleous of your day. And that’s the first thing I’ve gotten to choose all day!

  3. jennsquared Says:

    I did that today 🙂 It’s so nice t have a day like that 🙂

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