The last 7 years of my life have been devoted to teaching 13 and 14 year olds the love of classic literature and the art of exquisitely writing the English language. Actually, it was more like finding the answers to mind-wandering questions, listening to endless adolescent drama, and struggling to make an attention span last more than 8 minutes at a time. But I loved every minute with the kids! Anyone who has ever been in the classroom truly knows what the job entails and all of the “other duties as assigned” that seem to multiply each year. After giving myself whole-heartedly to an institution, I decided I wanted me back and the only way to achieve that was to resign.
Growing up, I always had aspirations to go to college, find a career that made me happy, and find time in there to have a family as well. I settled on teaching half-way through my time at Texas A&M, got a job in the wonderful school district I grew up in just weeks after completing student teaching, went back to school at nights to complete my masters in educational administration, and continued to thrive in the profession. 7 years later, kids are all I’ve known, so to give up this life I’ve made to start something new is a decision that came after plenty of consideration and prayer.
In order to find me again, I’m taking some time off, maybe indefinitely. I suppose by default this makes me a housewife, but I’ve shunned this word because of the sit-at-home-eating-bon-bons-watching-soap-operas-princess-mentality that many people have of this word. I rid myself of one label, and I don’t want to be identified by another so soon. I just want to be me, myself, whoever that is now. Sure, I love doing laundry and think vacuuming is fun, but other than that, I wouldn’t call myself a typical housewife. I’m sure I’ll place enough expectations on myself in due time, but for now the possibilities are endless. The concept of having time to myself to pursue new goals and dreams is almost unfathomable and a little daunting as well. So here goes the beginning of a new chapter of Stay at Home Self.