Mid point of the week …
Busiest day of the week for me, a full teaching day.
This Wednesday – the plan was to leave home at 7am in order to factor in three sets of road works on the way to school.
This Wednesday – the foils to us getting to work on time are:
1. Only two of the five of us appear to be actively working toward leaving at 7am.
2. One child kicked his toe last night – naturally it’s “broken”. He’ll need a day off. “No you won’t.”
I then make some jokes about practicing kicking the soccer ball too hard.. He dissolves into tears because I’m “making fun of him”. I remember, too late, how sensitive he is – just like I was at his age. I apologise, tell him I was trying to cheer him up. He doesn’t want to be cheered up. He must now walk with his foot at a right angle to the rest of his body .. I suggest he may do more damage walking like this. To prove me correct he then kicks his toe on something else …naturally he must walk more slowly.
3. Two boys who have realized that they have left their uniforms on the clothes line over night. This means the clothes are damp and cold. This was discovered ten minutes prior to 7am(!). Thankfully, we have a dryer.
4. The two year eight students have home ec today. Both are cooking different things. I bought the ingredients for both last night. I was under the impression they sorted it all last night before going to bed. Not quite. The bag of cheese in the fruit bowl gives this away.
5. One boy has “lost” his formal shoes for school. Walks around in circles in his now dry uniform for about 10 minutes looking for them. Doesn’t find them.
We leave home at 7:20am.
I write the thoughts above on the way to school. I feel better.