Woooohoooo! I can still remember the exhilaration of watching Wainwright fade out in the rear view mirror. We were off to Teachers' Convention. Over the years, I must have attended 35 or more conventions and for a rural resident, the chance to stay in a hotel, eat out and take in Stage West in the evening was a mini-holiday. Some of the sessions, keynote addresses in particular, were inspiring and entertaining. Contrary to popular belief, teaching isn't the easiest
profession ever. Good teachers make it seem that way because things go so smoothly. I was once told (cue the guffaws) that I was the' most amazing woman' by a new teaching assistant who was assigned to a particularly challenging science class. I was too frazzled at the bell to tell her to be prepared for amazement all day if she followed that group from class to class. She didn't last until the next day.
I had nearly forgotten about convention this year until Wednesday when I was substitute teaching. Convention started the next day. I say to my colleagues, enjoy. Take some time for yourself, come back re-charged and even if you aren't inspired or treated to a revelation, it is time well-spent.
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.