I can't even talk about how I thought this outfit was all teal and tangerine cute all day long until I saw these photos when I realized I look like some sort of sister-wife cult member.
Friends, this is the post wherein I reveal my profession. I am a teacher. I teach fourth grade in a very low income school and neighborhood. I normally love it. Why am I telling you this? So the following story will make sense:
I came back to work today after being sick yesterday. I checked my email and found a message from my principal forwarded by the District Headquarters. Apparently they are very very suspicious of me being sick right after a three day weekend. They think it is quite likely that I have just had myself a luxurious extended four day vacation. They are requiring that I bring in a doctor's note to the office.
I am livid!!!
I can't believe some pencil pusher who has never met me and never seen me teach is questioning my integrity in taking a sick day that I am fully entitled to! I wrote a very civilized and only slightly snarky email to the District Headquarters in response but was asked by my school office to NOT send it because it would only cause more trouble for myself and for the people I care about, such as my office manager and principal.
Seriously??? My job isn't the kind of job when a person calls in sick and then climbs back in to bed. Noooooooo!!! After I called in for a sub, I got dressed, drove to work, prepared books, papers, materials, fire drill instructions, and very detailed plans for a substitute to follow so my children could still get their full day's worth of learning. This took almost two hours! And what if I hadn't been able to get a doctor's appointment? What should I have done to prove that I was sick? Should I have gone into District Headquarters so they could take my temperature? Do they have a lab that processes rapid strep tests? This is ridiculous!
Dear District Headquarters,
We're supposed to be on the same side. Your current actions suggest the contrary. I invite you to spend any amount of time you have on your apparently idle hands to watch me teach. Until then, you may not question my dedication to these children nor my profession.
Thank you for letting me get that off my embroidered chest.
I hope you are valued and appreciated in whatever line of work you are in.