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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Friday, May 11, 2012

I Hit the Wall

At the end of school yesterday, I was emotionally and physically tapped out.  I went home depressed, stressed, and exhausted.  So I took a Sick Leave day and stayed home.

I don't like doing that. It made me feel as if I was not living up to my responsibilities.  But I needed some rest. And I got it.

This has been a long, grinding, difficult school year. We've been in school since August 1st, and I guess I am not used to this pace.  I felt that I had hit the wall and could not be in the classroom today.

I slept about 12 hours straight. Got up to eat a bowl of cereal and then slept two hours more.  After that I simply sat in my reading chair and read for pleasure for about 4 hours.  I went to my Friday afternoon chess club that I run at The Village Library and came home to read some more.

I felt as though I was living selfishly doing just what I wanted to do.

But I am glad I did. 

I'll be back on Monday.  I think I will be able to finish out the year strong.  I love my job, but at times the demands gang up on me.  So I needed some time to recoup and recover.

1 comment:

Claudia Swisher said...

LOL -- I hit the curb! Fell out of our school bus coming home from Special Olympics -- possible concussion and one nasty black eye...ends of the school year are like hitting a wall. We've been running at full speed for months and then suddenly -- splat! Enjoy yourself. Two more weeks for us. What were you reading??