How My Work Life Has Changed for the Better- and Why I’ll Never Go Back to the Before Times
It is astonishing to me how much has changed in the past few years, both in my own personal life, and also, in our world.
My work life, is virtually unrecognizable to what it was a few years ago. I am trying hard to think about when I last worked in the classroom. It is extremely difficult for me to remember a timeline. I think Stupid Covid has messed everything up in terms of timelines. Some events, seem like they happened 1 million years ago, and then other things that actually DID happen a long time ago feel like they only happened yesterday.
Is this just me?
According to my unreliable calculations, it was 2018 when I left the classroom. That sounds about right. At that time, I was working in a preschool classroom, part time about 25 hours a week, teaching 20 3 to 5 year olds, working with a team of two other teachers.
Ten years prior, as I turned 40, I had a vocational life crisis.
The job, teaching and caring for small children, that I had done since I was an intern teacher in college, was no longer fulfilling me. I looked around, at the teachers who were in their 50s and 60s, and I was frightened. Many of those teachers had blown out knees, ruined hips and backs.
The field of early childhood education was not one that provided good benefits or medical care. It was SO hard on the body, spending a nine hour day with 20 small kids. Most people have no idea, how physically taxing it is caring for small children.
Mothers know. So imagine, if you are a mother, how tired you are at the end of the day taking care of your little ones. Now imagine multiplying those little ones by 10. Most days I could barely make it up the stairs to my apartment at the end of the day.
I knew something had to change. God I loved those kids. But they were killing me…..