Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Thousand Cries of Joy

If you are on Facebook, you have probably seen people post the "Tonight a teacher somewhere in your neighborhood ..."  Very appropriate for this time of year, back to school, when teachers have been busy planning and organizing weeks before their contract required them to return to their classrooms.

At the same time, let us not forget the parents, who are busy trying to organize and plan for the first day of school, and the school schedule there after.  I'm one of them.  This year I have 3 children in 2 different schools, 2 different schedules, and one of the schools does not have door step delivery. 

So, for all the parents out there, this one is for you.

Tonight a parent somewhere, in your neighborhood, is losing their mind while getting ready for their child's new school year.  Supplies are being bought and labeled, yelling at their kids to turn down the television.  In the minute it takes that parent to reprimand one child, who for the umpteenth time is tracking sand, dirt, and a couple bugs into the house another child has swiped their school supplies, out of their book bag, and a supply hunt ensues.  Oh, the first day of school cannot come soon enough, when this poor parent can return their finances to some semblance of order, to the grocery store in peace, and return within budget.  When free time means being able to complete some of one's own projects, and return to work without reorganizing every one's schedule, and spending a fortune in day care.  

Two remarks about this:

1.  This was "borrowed" from a friend, thank you JS, who came up with the parent concept today, the last day of summer vacation, when we were all feeling our nerves fray.  

2.  This is in no way ignoring what it is that teachers do for our schools and children.  If you have seen the original post you know that much of what it says is true.  Teachers pour so much of their energy into their profession, because they love to teach and they love the children. 

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