Big Sis: We go to Fairlawn Academy. I’m first grade and she’s 4K
Me: Oh then today is your second day of school
Both in Unison: Yes ma’am
Me: What’s your favorite part of school?
Lil Sis: The monkey bars. Is that your car?
Lil Sis: What’s wrong with it?
Me: There’s a screw in the tire
Lil Sis: No kidding? Our momma said her car tire has a screw too!
Big Sis: That’s our daddy’s car not momma’s. It’s that red one over there. It’s old.
Lil Sis: Is your car old?
Me: Kind of, it’s 4 years old.
Lil Sis: No kidding? I am 4!!!! I’m not old (giggling)
Big Sis: Quit saying no kidding. Sheesh!
Lil Sis: I’m telling … you said the S word!!!
Big Sis: Not the real S word, I changed it.
Lil Sis: Guess what? I can climb the monkey bars better than anyone. I’m strong and I can do a backbend too. Watch me!
Me: Ooooh, be careful. Oh Wow! You sure can. That’s fantastic! I am glad that you like to play and exercise
Both in Unison: We do!
Big Sis: Exercise helps your heart and gives you muscles too
Mom: I am so sorry they talked your ear off. I was trying to get through the line as quick as possible.
Me: Are you kidding? (as I wink at Lil Sis) They absolutely MADE MY DAY ❤
I went right into the workforce after high school. I took an entry level job to give me time to think about what I really wanted to do. I was convinced the insurance gig would be short lived. Turns out 33.5 years later I am still at it. For a while, as I went to college part-time, I entertained the idea of teaching. Kindergarten of course. The perfect grade. Before standardized testing. While they are still sweet and innocent. With too much time on my hands, as I waited for my tire to be repaired, I thought you know what? I should consider teaching all over again.
Just a flicker. A glimpse. A hope of what might be. Some days something is missing y’all. Not sure what has me feeling so blue. My choice of reading materials for one. I am returning two books unfinished because they are that bad! Note to Self: read only light-hearted fiction. Or maybe it is that bastard Harvey and all the devastation. Watching the Today show with tears in my eyes. I have an innate need to give back. To do something. Something with purpose.
As always, more to come.