Wednesday, May 27, 2015
I have not had a day as stressful as yesterday in a long time. I'm still serving as the substitute coordinator, and for most of yesterday it seemed as if I'd be in this position for at least the rest of the week -- in addition to my normal library job. And things were crazy. Lots of subs are out this week, maybe because of the holiday weekend, and two cancelled pre-existing agreements to come in and cover classes. So that left me scrambling.
In fact, I even substituted a class myself. My first teaching gig! (I don't mean to say that in a way that suggests there will be a second.) It worked out fine -- it was a single journalism class, and when the regular sub cancelled late yesterday morning I thought, "You know, I ought to be able to handle this!" So I volunteered. The kids were great, stayed focused and worked on a project with only minimal instruction.
There were some other kerfuffles that needed attention, too.
But then, in the evening, the regular sub coordinator said she'd be returning tomorrow (meaning today), so that's a relief. I think I'll be able to hand off these duties and I will have made a little extra money, so that's not a bad thing.
Otherwise, honestly, I haven't had time to think about anything else!
I have, however, been meaning to highlight a comment from one of my readers. Remember when I mentioned the upsetting New Yorker story about elephant poaching, about a week ago, and I asked, "What am I supposed to do about it?" I suspect this is a feeling a lot of us get when we read the news -- a feeling of frustration at injustices that we cannot control or seemingly influence. I've even had friends stop following the news because they've felt this way. Well, the writer of 37 Paddington left a comment that I really appreciated. She said, "I once asked this question of a Buddhist monk, in connection with something else, and he said, 'It is enough for you to know it, to be awake to it. That ripples out. That is doing something.'"
I love that. And I believe it, too. Awareness is much of the battle. When people are aware, change begins to happen.
(Photo: Wedding photography at All Souls Church near Oxford Circus, a few weeks ago.)