…No, really, I do.
But there are points where I want to kill every last one of my coworkers, all the students and every mother in the city. Oh yeah, the fathers too if they get in the way.
Why, you ask? I’m borderline (heh, that too) exhausted. I’ve been living in migraine city for the last couple weeks. People are acting beyond crazy at school. We have an open house coming up and everyone, including the students, is stressed out. I have a student who is about 6 and I asked her if she was OK today. I asked if she was sad or tired or angry. H just answered “No teacher”. I finally asked if she was worried about something. She nodded and looked down at some of the open house material that she had to learn. So I said “H, are you worried about open house?” and she just nodded. I mean seriously, it can’t be healthy for a 6 year old to be that stressed out about school.
And to make things more fun, I have one of two extremely annoying songs going through my head almost constantly. There’s “Telly’s Lunch” and “The Butterfly Song“. I want to shoot myself in the head every time I press play on my mp3 player.
Open house is coming up in about 2 weeks. And the kids literally have like 6 pages of material plus two songs to learn before then. No wonder poor little H is stressed out of her mind. I’d be stressed too. The youngest kids are barely 4. Sometimes I think the educational system in this country is nuts. Not that the US system is any better.
I’m so tired because I haven’t been sleeping. I’m so tired, I can’t sleep. I just lay on the bed curled up in a fetal position and rock back and forth. It’s the burning eye, sore muscle, stomachache kind of exhaustion. Banging my head on the desk would probably be a blessed relief, but I’m not going to do that. I know cutting would bring a whole lot of, albeit temporary, relief. But I’m not going to do that. It won’t solve any problems. Honestly, because it’s getting to be warm, it would cause a whole lot of extra problems. So yeah, I’m not going to go down that road.
I’m also trying to get stuff for portfolios ready. Even though we have about 6 weeks to do them, I feel like I’m really behind. Approximately 10 pieces of work to do and grade * 9 classes * approximately 13 students/class + report cards for all those kids + an additional class worth of report cards. Yeah. You can see why 6 weeks doesn’t seem all that long.
I also had to make up packets of work for 4 different classes today. I have at least 1 more packet to put together in the next week or so. I haven’t had a proper lunch all week. I’ve basically been working 9-6 straight through.
Yes, I’m an idiot. But if I didn’t get it all done, I’d stress even more. And I’d get less sleep. And I’d eat even less. Yeah, I’m not doing so great on the eating front. I don’t even want to look at food. And the gym? Ha! I need to renew my monthly membership. I haven’t gone in almost 3 weeks. Two weeks ago I was sick. Last week, I tripped over my two big, left feet as I was getting ready and twisted the living crap out of my weaker ankle.
I need a vacation. Big time. So many national holidays have falled on the weekend this year. And if the holiday is on the weekend, we don’t get any days off. It’s not like back home where you’d get the Monday following off.
I’m tired. I’m anxious. I’m depressed. I’m in pain. That pretty much sums it up.