Teaching Middle School, Week 4: Exhausted


I’d hoped that I’d be adjusting to the energy expenditure of teaching middle school by now.

But I haven’t.

I was totally exhausted when I got up Wednesday morning, wondering how I’d manage to get through the day.

Monday and Tuesday I felt like the lion tamer in the old days of the circus, the guy with the chair and the whip. Stop!! Back!! Sit!! Down!!


But I did make it through Wednesday and went to bed at 7:30. I missed my centering prayer group because I didn’t feel I had the energy to sit up through meditation time.

I managed to get through Thursday even with a Relay for Life meeting at 6. Who’d think a 6 o’clock meeting would keep someone up past her bedtime? Well, this one did. We didn’t finish until after 7, so I didn’t get to bed until 8:30.

Crazy, huh?

When I taught high school, I was typically in bed by 9 o’clock. But now I’m older and have been through cancer treatments, plus I have hypothyroidism. So getting to bed before 8 might be my new normal.

After an early Friday night bedtime, sleeping late, napping, having another early bedtime, I feel almost rested.

And that means it’s time to get up and do it again early tomorrow morning. It’s kind of like when I was going through chemo. When I started to feel better, another chemo treatment was just around the corner.

But this time it means another week as a middle school teacher is tomorrow. I’m hoping for some stamina this week. Hoping hard.

The lesson in this, though, is to take it one day at a time.

Surely I can handle one day. Right?

So Monday, I’ll get to you. But first I have Sunday evening.

I’m going to enjoy these next few hours of no energy expenditure.

Because I know tomorrow comes soon enough!

Stop! Back! Down! Sit! 🙂





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