Your Mother is a Hamster and Your Father Smells of Elderberries: A Thankful List

Thankful things:

  • We’re back to school! Wahoo! I’m happy to be back in the classroom and be around kids again. Each of the schools I’ll be working at has a unique demographic so it’ll be a great opportunity to practice working with a broad range of kids with different talents, abilities and backgrounds. I’d get that opportunity as a sub but it’s different as a teacher because I’m actually planning lessons. I’m thankful for the challenges but also, the many ways this will help me grow.
  • I’m thankful for the staff at each school. Many of them have been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to getting to know new people. My goal is to be a bit more social this year. It’s easy for me to be recluse but I always feel so much better when I spend time with people so I’m going to try to do that better. Not just at school though. In general. I want to build more friendships and keep working on the ones I’ve already got. Quarantine taught me how much I need those people and to value that time more. So I’m hoping to keep what I learned and build on it.
  • I’m teaching French this year to grade four. A teacher shared a bunch of material and it was very helpful. I’m going to try this thing where I don’t re-invent the wheel, save some energy and just do the thing. I’m thankful for the guidance on how to teach something I know nothing about. My idea of teaching French involves teaching the kids some lines of The Insulting Frenchman in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and using the movie quotes as a call-and-response for classroom management. Buuuuut it might be a little risky, not only because it’s not based in curriculum, but because some of the best lines involve insulting other people’s mother by calling her a hamster and reminding them their father smells of elderberries. Or just pretending to fart in anyone’s general direction… I don’t know if parents (or any Francophone for that matter) will appreciate the impersonation so I think I’ll have to nix that idea for French class. Which again reinforces the point I was initially grateful for… a little guidance in the right direction.
  • I’ve been thinking about my trip to Banff ever since I got back and I’m so happy I did it. It was the perfect way to start the year and I think about the mountains almost every day. I’m so thankful I did it and look forward to doing it again.
  • My skin and gut have reacted poorly to the new meds for acne. I was on the mend before beginning them but it reversed all the good work I did earlier to heal. So I’ve got some work to do to repair the damage it did. Thankfully, I’m still healthy enough that I can take the steps to get back on track, function at work and enjoy some of the hobbies I love. I’m also grateful to have my mostly cheerful self back again. The meds made me more irritable than I like and don’t like the person I become when I’m on them. So I’m thankful to be back- ish.
  • I’m thankful for family. My sister, brother-in-law and their dogs came to visit this weekend. It was SO nice to have some family time. It’s been a very long time since we’ve been together like that. I almost forgot what it was like but we settled into it. I remembered and it felt like coming home.
  • My landlord did a bunch of repairs and cleaned the radiators at my apartment. I have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to home stuff so I appreciated it a lot. Plus, now I don’t have to lift the lid of the toilet to push down the flapper every time I flush. So that’s nice. 😀
  • Anyway, it’s bedtime. I have a basic plan of what I’m going to do tomorrow. It’s not a magical lesson but it’ll be fun and I’ll get to know what the kids are capable of. Then, in the afternoon, I’ll pretend to know how to speak French and all will be well.

Lots to be thankful for.