Today was the first day back. As often happens after the Spring Break, when I saw my kids arriving I was a little perplexed: how did they all grow six inches and seventeen sight words overnight? One of the best things about this job is how very obvious a child's development is at this age. It is an very exciting process in which to take part - really, quite an honor, too.
I then went to the all union rally, which was equally perplexing: how is it that Jamie Dimon is making hundreds of millions of dollars for squandering billions? Why does GE get a tax break but I can't get a bottle of finger paint for my classroom? Again, it is a wonderful thing to be part of a rally and enjoy union fellowship: community and collaboration are important. Regardless, this was more than a little depressing.
(NOT depressing: Wearing awesome find Armani dress to protest. AND ALSO NOT DEPRESSING: Rally of adequate size that I received text messages from non-union friends asking, "Are you at the BofA building? Where?" YAY WORKER SOLIDARITY.)
So I came home and got my solo adventure summer mini break New York flight and hotel done. I have not gone away for purposes unrelated to work or family/friend commitments in a long time. AND NOW I AM.
Additionally, I am going right after school gets out: more incentive to get out of my room within 48 hours of the end of the year rather than spending two or three days shifting stuff from one cabinet to another.