Which Costume to Choose...hmmmm
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
I broke protocol today and told the sub in my co-worker's classroom that she is out for Covid and to use wipes on everything before touching it. She was very grateful for the info and promised to keep quiet so I don't get written up for it. Right is right, so I really don't care if they do write me up. They can't fire me...no one to take my place, especially since my job requires special certification. To answer a frequently asked question, when they pull me out of my classroom to use as a sub, my students just stay in their regular classroom and do not get any extra help that day. I work with students who struggle with Reading and Math, so each of my students are only with me for about an hour every day. Not the best choice, but sometimes the only option when there is literally no one available who can sub for us. We are a rural school way out in the middle of nowhere, 30+ minutes from the nearest town of over 300 people. Very few retired teachers will sub this year because of the risk at their age.
I enjoyed watching the Kindergarteners for the last hour of the day. One of the teachers hatched eggs in her classroom, so I took them to see the baby chicks. They know I'm don't make idle threats, so they were very well behaved so that they would get the chance to hold or touch one. It was adorable. Then I took them to the library and we practiced the correct way to take books off the shelves and put them back. Sad that they are 5 years old and had no one at home teach them how to handle books. They were so proud of themselves when they found books on the shelves that were upside down and backwards and could fix them. That was a touch selfish of me. Since we don't have a librarian this year, the job of keeping it in order was given to me.
By the time I get home, I'm so body tired it isn't even funny. Tonight is cold and wet, so I threw together a beef stew in my Ninja Foodi while I took a shower. These days I feel the need to strip and sanitize as soon as I walk in the door, so it's nice to be able to make a dinner that I don't have to watch or stir. It turned out excellent. I'd not tried that before so it was a risk. Of course my loving man does all the clean up, so that's a real blessing. He is always happy when it is less pots and pans and bowls....
I got blessed for my kitties too! I stopped by a farm store on the way home to see if they had any little bales of straw that I could buy to fill the little dog house we bought for the outdoor kitties. They had some loose straw that they gave me for free!!! They also told me to come back anytime if I needed some more. It was more than enough, so when the straw needs changing, we're all set. Within a few minutes, Ol' Tom was in it and nesting. I was so happy he'll have a place to keep warm and dry. Hopefully some day he will trust me enough to let me pet him.
No matter what goes on in this wonderful pandemic we're in, there are always blessings to be had.