Happy October. Of course in Florida, it barely registers as fall, yet. The weathermen happily note that the high is only 89 instead of in the 90’s, but for the rest of us, we really don’t feel any change.
We have been back to school for over a month now. The routine has set in. Unfortunately that routine consists of constantly being tired and swamped with paperwork and pulled in too many directions at once. I realized this as I walked to a meeting yesterday to find a locked door. The walk wasn’t that far, but as I gazed through the window into the dark classroom I was upset. This of course quickly passed. Eventually my weary, end of the school day brain realized that they weren’t hiding from me. This wasn’t personal, just a mistake. I trudged back to my classroom and checked my email. Probably the only email I deleted this week was the one giving date and time. So I sent out an email saying sorry I missed you. The meeting moved, and I wasn’t cc’d which is just fine. I didn’t need to be there, and I was quite able to find work to fill my time and they were quite able to function without me. But it was Wednesday afternoon, therefore I must have a meeting.
As all true teachers know, you not only teach, but to survive you have a second job. Some of us hope this is only for a season, but I fear this is my lot in life. You see, I do mind eating Raman at age 48. So, I tutor. I left today to tutor and realized I had a missed text. “Is it too late to cancel, he has an activity after school?” “No problem,” I texted back. Freedom. So I bought an iced coffee and went and bought a pretty yellow mum. Even if it doesn’t feel like autumn, my entryway can look like fall. And the red, white, and blue planter bought on sale after July 4, 2014 (yes really!) is looking a little scraggly. So I have a friendly yellow plant to greet me and I used part of the time to “rake” the leaves off of the porch. Of course, these are just the dead leaves that have accumulated for months from the neighbors’ oak tree, and I swept, I didn’t actually rake, and I did need to recuperate in the AC when done, but never-the-less, it was a lovely fall day.
Happy October 1, y’all!