I'm not going to lie, I cannot think of a week in the past 6 months that has tested my patience more than the events of this week. Most dealing with work and not for public forum but also lots of nighttime ick from one if not both of the boys. Bill has been on a major project at work and when not at work, is collapsing and asleep once he gets home late most nights.
In 13 years of teaching I've had lots of upset at times nasty, ugly students. Many a tense email or conference that needed diffusing with polite but firm professionalism. This week in particular I've made a gazilion parent calls about grades being on the line and passing the class with lots of negativity from everyone involved.
But not this:
Yesterday as I am walking across the crosswalk from the faculty lot into the main traffic circle, I started across thinking a car was going to allow me to pass. It did, but down the window comes with a yelled, F-you from the parent inside. Note that the student appeared to still be in the car. Great role model and also use of profanity before 7 am.
Some days I really don't know if I am going to make it for the long haul or if I even want to make if for the long haul. This week in particular has me weighing the trade off of doing something I love with such little respect or appreciation.
On the positive my birthday is Saturday and our family is heading out of time for the long weekend. Earlier in the week Bill asked me what I wanted and I first said just the weekend with the boys, but then I thought about something I truly want. I want a new messenger bag to replace the nasty, has picked up every public bathroom germ-bag I've been carrying since Ben was a baby.
I also wanted a cake. Not a purchased at midnight, last in the case leftover one at the grocery. I wanted a Sugar Mama's cake.
So I contacted Eileen.
Below is the email I sent with a reply that she was laughing so hard she almost fell on the floor.
I can't wait to see what she drops off tomorrow. My guess is it won't be a Mexican wrestler themed confection. My guess is it will be a highlight of the week to know that despite a truly awful week, I can still find the funny.
Added bonus to be eating yummy cake by the weekend.