Wednesday, May 07, 2008

What I learned in Preschool

I am superstitious. If a black cat crosses my path I will get nervous and try to go another way, or at least convince myself it was really dark brown instead of black. I also believe that by saying something out loud you jinx yourself. This drives J insane. For example, he will comment that little man is on his best behavior when we are at a restaurant. Then, what do you know? The very next second little man is swinging from the chandelier. I swear it is true. Sure enough, I jinxed myself. A few weeks ago I wrote that I have finally made peace with staying home and felt like this is what I should be doing. Of course, I should have known by putting a statement out there like that I was going to end up with a job. And I have. I will be going back to preschool.

One of little A's four year old teachers told me she isn't returning next year because they are moving. This sparked my curiosity, so I mentioned to the director I have my teaching certification. My certification is for elementary, but it comes with the same skills needed for a preschool teacher: wearing holiday sweaters, gossiping with other teachers, writing notes to parents, and yelling at kids. Also with having two kids of my own I felt I also brought a lot to the table: wiping noses, gossiping with other parents, cleaning messes and yelling at kids. With these skills behind me, the director felt I was more than capable to taking on the job. Before I knew it, I was official and start in August.

With all my big talk about staying home, you may ask why I choose to go back to work now. Let me break it down for you, housecleaner. That's right, a housecleaner is my primary motivation. I am sick of cleaning my house. Going back to work means I am officially entitled to hire one, it is in the working mom's contract. If you work and don't have a housecleaner, you need to consult the contract and hire one right away. Add this to fact that Landen will go to school for free and he will be very lonely with Ashley at kindergarten, and it was a perfect situation. I will also be done in time to pick up the princess from school and have the same school holidays as her. To top it off, the school provides free child care when I have training several times a year. That means adult time with free child care. What more could I ask for? Well, to be honest, I have a lot more on my wish list, but I will conquer a little at each time.

To make a very long story short, yesterday I filled in for the teacher I am replacing and will be doing so again tomorrow. I learned a lot while I was there and will be sharing some little tidbits with you, but you have to wait. I can't give everything away at once, or else you wouldn't come back. So, "What I learned in Preschool" is to be continued. In the meantime, please write all your letters in upper and lower case and recite your numbers to 20. This should prepare you for the next installment.


Darby Basham Brown said...

Miz. Dicksons, I shat my hiney, will you wipe me? Hehehe, have fun with that! Good Luck!!

ASC said...

How exciting! Good luck!

Michelle said...

I'm a little jealous of your job! I think you made a great decision.