You get a secret thrill out of laminating things.
You can hear 25 voices behind you
and know exactly which one belongs to the child out of line.
You walk into a store and hear the words,
It's Ms./Mr. ____________ and know you have been spotted.
You have 25 people who accidentally call you Mom/Dad
at one time or another.
You can eat a multi-course meal in under 25 minutes.
You've trained yourself to go to the bathroom
at two distinct times of the day, lunch and planning period.
You start saving other people's trash, because most likely,
you can use that toilet paper tube or plastic butter tub
for something in the classroom.
You believe the Teacher's Lounge should be equipped with
a margarita machine.
You want to slap the next person who says,
"Must be nice to work 7 to 3 and have summers off".
You believe chocolate is a food group.
You can tell if it's a full moon without ever looking outside.
You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says,
"Boy, the kids are sure mellow today."
You feel the urge to talk to strange children
and correct their behavior when you are out in public.
You believe in aerial spraying of Ritalin.
You think caffeine should be available in intravenous form.
You spend more money on school stuff than you do on your own children.
You can't pass the school supply aisle without getting at least 5 items!
You ask your friends to use their words and explain if
the left hand turn he made was a 'good choice' or 'bad choice.'
You find true beauty in a can full of perfectly sharpened pencils.
You are secretly addicted to hand sanitizer.
You understand, instantaneously, why a child behaves in a certain way
after meeting his/her parents.
I want to teach my students how to live this life on earth.
To face its struggles and its strife and improve their worth.
Not just the lesson in a book or how the rivers flow.
But how to choose the proper path wherever they may go.
To understand eternal truth and know the right from wrong,
and gather all the beauty of a flower and song.
For if I help the world to grow in wisdom and in grace,
then I shall feel that I have won and I have filled my place.
And so I ask Your guidance, God that I may do my part,
for character and confidence and happiness of heart. Amen
© Tina's Prayer Gate
February 17, 2013
This page is dedicated to all
my dear friends who are Teachers for all the RIGHT reasons.
Even when not in a classroom!
God Bless each of you!