Here’s the interesting thought of the day, or at least I think it’s interesting. For a good portion of my adult life I owned and operated a small data processing and software firm that catered to the financial services community. After becoming a teacher and writer in my mid 40s, I often had a difficult time when I met someone new and they asked me what I did for a living. For the longest time, my initial response was to tell them about the company I owned and the work we did, then I would tell them about becoming a teacher and a writer.
All these years later (I am now closer to 60 than 50) I still think about my company, the software and services we created and the customers who relied on our products, but when I meet someone new, as I shake their hand and say hello, I tell them I am an English teacher Thornton Academy and I’m working on a collection of short stories and a second novel. Sometimes, my former occupation never even comes up in the conversation.
Today as I sit in my empty and quiet room here at school, I’m thinking about the 110-120 new students who’ll soon occupy the seats in my class. I’m thinking about the lessons we’ll talk about during the first week and I’m thinking about my former students. I can’t help but wonder what they are doing as the summer draws to a close.
I am a teacher and it’s time for a new school year to begin.
Some of the faculty at my school are scheduled to meet with new staff members today. We have a workshop day tomorrow and then the students will arrive on Wednesday, August 29. Here we go – full steam ahead.
I am laughing to myself, but I can’t wait. This year, I hope to use this platform as an opportunity to document my profession, the one I now think of first when someone asks me about my occupation.
Feel free to check out the stories and photos from the girls soccer program here at school. (https://TAGirlsSoccer.wordpress.com) – That too is part of my teaching responsibilities.
See you on the roads and stay tuned – as always, if I think it’s interesting, I’ll write about it.
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