Dear Diary …
I’m going to approach something today, that quite honestly could get me in a lot of trouble. And that's because it’s about a group of people who can definitely be a little bit sensitive about certain things. But I ... am dumb.
So I’m gonna dive into the pool head-first, even though there’s a little picture of a guy with a circle around him and a line thru him with a sign that says "No diving you break you neck, this is the shallow end." That's alright ... I'm gonna dive in anyway. Because it’s about teachers.
Oh God … you hear that? That’s everybody else running for cover right now. And since I'm out here on the island, let me be very … VERY … clear. I love teachers. I appreciate teachers. I respect teachers. You do something that I don’t wanna do … be around children. I barely like my own kids. And not only do you deal with them … you deal with the dreaded " everybody else’s kids." Oooooh. Cuz you know how that is … there’s nobody on Earth that says "Man, I just love everybody else’s kids."
Nobody ever likes "everybody else's kids." And that's what you deal with all day, every day, is "everybody else's kids."
So know that this comes from a place of love and respect … and really I’m trying to help you with this … Teachers … you have to stop whining about going to work … in particular on social media where all of us can see it. Do it in the confort of your own home all you want, but leave it off Facebook.
And I bring this up now, because we are at the end of the school year. Like just last week, it was Memorial Day weekend. So a lotta people had a nice, long weekend. But at the same time, apparently thanks to the 652,000 snow days we had in this area in the winter, a lot of schools actually had class on Memorial Day. So all I saw on Facebook that weekend was "Sure does suck to be a teacher … It’s not fair … we have to work on Memorial Day. This is terrible. Don't be acting all happy that you have the day off, cuz we don't."
And when I saw this … I had to ask one teacher … "OK … so you have to work on Memorial Day, but how many days do you have left after that?"
"And then what?"
"Oh I’m off all summer, I’ve got two months to just relax and do whatever."
So do you see the problem here? Big freakin’ deal you worked on Memorial Day … you get the rest of the summer off. Something tells me most non-teachers would take that deal. Cuz I would.
Not to mention that they only reason you had to work Memorial Day was because you got a ton of random days off from work in the winter time when there was a half an inch of snow on the ground and they closed school for the day. So to have to work Memorial Day was not ideal, but also not worth whining about either.
And yes … I can feel the mob of teachers that are forming right now to come and tear me a new one, so I will say it again … Teachers are awesome. I love you. You take care of our little turds, and put up with all their garbage. And you're stressed out. And you’re underpaid.
I support you. I’m here to help … I’m just passing along a perception that a lot of non-teachers have, based on the things they hear from the teachers in their lives. Not me … don’t hurt me. I know you work hard … and you deserve the time off.
One evening with my OWN kids and I need a drink … I can’t imagine dealing with all of ‘em all day long. And I know not ALL of you get the summer off, but a lotta ya do, which is pretty sweet. So soak it in, and enjoy. And come back in the fall refreshed and happy. Or at least ... lie and pretend you're happy.
Till next time Diary (I hope) … I say goodbye.