Janis is an author and teacher trying to navigate the world around her through writing. She is currently working on her latest novel while trying to figure out how to get more people to read this one than the last one.
An Ode to the School Mom
Moms. We all have them. Those of us who were privileged enough to have our mothers in our lives know the immense support and comfort in a mother's presence; the advice, the late-night phone calls, the money sent here and there without being requested.
Some parts of it you get used to. Low numbers, few voices, unspoken demands. The darkness. But when it goes completely silent, it allows your mind to go to dark places.
Whenever I'm beginning a new school year, am in a new group of people, or are participating in a teambuilding activity, I always have an ace up my sleeve for an interesting fact about myself.
As a parent, there is an unspoken understanding that you will be answering questions from your child for years. I mean that's what I'm assuming, I don't actually have kids.
Why We're Leaving
No one ever told me that teaching would be easy. No one told me a lot of things about teaching. That's one of the hallmarks of this profession; you never really know what it's like until you've experienced it for yourself. Been in a classroom, with students in front of you, waiting for you to lead them through the experiences of learning.