Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Focus... (cont.)

The rest of yesterday's post. Scroll down to begin.

4.) KICKBALL! This one has been months in progress. I knew that it would be thrown together given the end of year activities, but it was on the verge of exploding. Long story short, I made it a priority, MY kids made it a priority, the players …?… not so much. People got involved that just did not need to. It pissed me off beyond belief, and my poor kids got the wrath. I am so sorry, yall. Please know that it was not at you and I am sorry you took it. That being said, my kids pulled off the first great thing I have seen while being at my current place of business!! They put together a powder puff kickball game that was far beyond my expectations! Parents, students, alumni, and Grinsie all came and had a great time. Congrats to you all. Each of you has so much to offer the world. I am proud to have known you.

5.) I am appreciated! Two weeks ago one of my kiddos brought me roses as a “Thank You”. I was shocked. It made my day; if not my week.

6.) The light. I see it. The end is near. Geez, that sounds far more morbid than I mean it to sound. I am not sad to leave the comfort because, to be honest, it is no longer comfortable and has not been for 2 years. I am sad to say goodbye to the good people. I am sad to say goodbye to great kids. I am BEYOND EXCITED about what is in my future!!

That brings me to my next point. I LOVE MY NEW JOB!!!! Today I had a meeting there and had the same feelings I did the first time I walked into the place. Initially I think, “What in the world am I doing here?” It is just so drastically different from what I ever thought of doing in my life. It is exactly the opposite of “the type” of person I would associate myself with in life. But once I am actually past the entrance and down the hall I realize on thing. This is perfect! As one of my favorite kids said today, “where are you going?” I answered his question. Completely straight faced he said, “Oh. Heaven. Can’t blame you.” There is so much more than the stereotype of what I know. Once I am inside, it is nothing like my perception. I mean sure, it is beautiful, but not stuffy or stuck-up or bratty. It is an environment of development and challenges and growth and respect for everyone involved. Young and old alike. Once I am thoroughly engrossed in the day-to-day activities I hope I feel the same way. One of the people I spoke with today made the statement, “I have worked here for over 25 years and I am just as excited about it now as I was when I first started.” What a novel concept! Man! I can’t wait!

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