I have to admit, I’m not always the social peach I usually portray. I have my grumpy days, I have the days when I’ve got a hair-trigger… and yesterday was one of those days. I had not slept well the night before and I was fully prepared to hold the world and its occupants responsible for that.
I was grumpy driving to school, grumpy getting my lessons ready, grumpy when the first bell rang. I’m not sure how it happens, if I send up a flare that I need someone to cheer me up but my first and second periods did so. They made jokes, funny observations and even made fun of me a little (in a good nature way). My grumpiness was dissolved. The rest of the day went really well. I guess it is like most human relationships; the people who can make you mad or push your buttons, are also the people who can relieve you of your emotional fog.
It’s funny that, as teachers, we are so focused on making a daily difference with the students–sometimes I forget that the reverse can also be true. This was just another reminder that I feel like I made a good decision by going into teaching. It also reminds me to value the kids I see on a daily basis, they’re more than ink on a roster.