You load sixteen tons and what do you get?

You get sore shoulders, arms, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles, that’s what.

I went back to work today. I was overheard during our initial staff meeting, which of course focuses mainly on the teaching staff, making the following announcements to anyone in my general vicinity who would listen:

“I’m so glad I don’t have a classroom.”
“I’m so glad I don’t have textbooks.”
“I’m so glad I don’t have to turn in lesson plans.”
“I’m so glad I don’t have a grade disk.”
“I’m so glad I don’t have student desks.”
“I’m so glad I don’t have my own students.”
And repeatedly, “God, I miss my baby.”

Other than the fact that I couldn’t fall asleep until after 1:30 last night, and that after waking to pee at 2:30 I never really went back to sleep, it was not a bad day. We are back on our campus in an Educational Village (read: large trailers), right next to the flat expanse of red earth that will someday be our new school. The “pods” are brand new and much more spacious than our destroyed building, but we have inherited mainly hand-me-down furniture (read: shit people should have thrown away), so there is lots of rearranging, repairing, and rejecting going on in the media center. MJ and I were Amazon Warriors, though, and after several hours of hard work, we have something that resembles a library. I wish I had a BEFORE picture; tomorrow I will take an amended BEFORE, and then I’ll update as we continue to make progress so you can be as impressed with us as we are with ourselves.

Now I am going to play with my cranky baby and eat ibuprofen for dinner and try really, really hard not to fall asleep with my shoes on.

3 thoughts on “You load sixteen tons and what do you get?

  1. Oh, yeah… I forgot to mention that it was much easier to come back to work this year than last year. Having made it through an entire year (I know you went back for part of the year) I know I can do it, we will survive, and she will not love me any less for being gone so much. Hang in there!

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