Lately i've been pondering my future....what the heck is it that i want to be when i grow up?? (or pretend, cause lets face it, it's not gonna happen!) I do not do well behind a desk all day....especially when there isn't enough to do to fill my time...i tried the nurse thing for a while, apparently i get attached way to easy and i'd be an emotional basket case every time someone dies (which, even though i would have been a FANTASTIC nurse, would have happend on occasion) my childhood dream was to be an olympic swimmer.... that ship has sailed!! I thought about being an airline attendent (i believe that is what they go by now) once apon a time....i was 12 i think....again, not likely to happen. Sooooooo, then i got to thinking...Ok Abby, what is it that you DO like?? Hmmmmm, I like candy (totally irrelevant but i didn't give myself clear guidlines to the question apparently!) travis (again, not relevant to a job) interacting with people (ok now we're getting somewhere) kids (i'm known as the baby nazi in my family!) spring break, christmas break, thanksgiving break, snow days........(this is why i stayed in college for soooo long!) Can we see where i'm going here???? TEACHING!!! Its Perfect!! I get to have my vacations, not work weekends, not be stuck behind a desk all day, no way would i be bored, get to play with kids all day, AND i'd be molding young minds (those that really know my just cringed i'm sure!) Sounds pretty much perfect right?? Well yes....except this would require me to go BACK to school.... for two more years (that'll be a total of 8....i could be a doctor by now!). And since i'm a pretend grown up already, i'd have to foot the bill this time!! SO, this is a decision NOT to be taken lightly! To test this little teaching theory of mine i decided to go straight to the jungle....... 3rd grade. I forget how cute, clueless and LOUD kids can be!! I thought i talked alot...wow! All and all it was a great experience, i followed the teacher around like a lost puppy before school started so i got to see pretty much how it works....coffee, some yummy snacks in the teachers lounge, "oh you look so cute today" "oh you can have another piece of that, we'll just do an extra twenty on the eliptical".....blah blah (girls never change do they!). Then the kiddos arrived!! Poor things had to stay outside till the bell rang....it was 23 degrees out there! (if it's over 20 they stay out side!) They all piled in...starting at me....judging....who is that lady?? what is she doing here?? Some brave one's even came up to me and asked.... the teacher explained to me that Monday's are usually i little more hectic, kids are excited to see eachother, talk about what they did over the weekend and all that good stuff, plus they know it's their last week (they get the whole week of thanksgiving off!). I got to go to the library with them and help with multiplication (they DO NOT teach it the way i learned anymore! But they still do the timed multiplication races...which i was the BOMB at!) So at the end of my two hours, when the kids were fixing to head off to PE I was actually sad to go!! Cute little faces looking at me asking why i'm leaving, why i can't stay all day and when i'll be back.
"Mrs. McGuire you should just come everyday all day",
"sorry guys i have to go back to work, but i'll be back Wednsday"
"Are you going to be a teacher someday?"
"Well you should come be a teacher here, you're so nice and pretty"
Who wouldn't want to be a teacher when they dish out comments like that! I go back again tomorrow in the afternoon so i'll get to help with science and social studies. Then after Thanksgiving i go to a 2nd grade classroom!! I'd also like to go to a 1st grade room sometime! But as of right now....i LOVE IT! It's something i could really see myself doing....and ENJOYING! sooooo i guess i'll start applying for schools.....and financial aid (scary).