Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Déjà Coup

Wow, I am bad at this.
My last post claimed I would improve the frequency, and on that front I have failed.


I want to tell myself off, but alas, I cannot. It’s not that I’m angry over the lack of effort, just disappointed in myself – and that’s surely much, much worse....

But maybe I had an ample reason? You see, for the past fortnight I have begun a little work experience for what I hope to believe will be my ‘career choice’. Now, I know I have made this conclusion before and with hindsight I was most definitely wrong; but this time it just feels….right.

Vocationally, for me, teaching just fits.

I had a funny flashback this morning – almost a déjà vu, but with half a decade attached. As a student, I used to leave the house dressed to kill in the same blazer and tie uniform combo I wore everyday, erstwhile hearing the immortal words of my mother: “Have a great day today!”. Being a teenager, and believing myself (wrongly) to be fairly witty, I would yell back: “I cant Mum, I have school!”. This process repeated itself probably a couple of times a week until I either forgot one day or I could no longer keep up the pretence that it may once have allegedly been somewhat humorous. Then it was lost in the cavernous abyss that is forgotten anecdotes.

Now aged 23, and leaving the house to return to the same school I used to jokingly maintain prevented me from having a ‘good day’, I found myself once more leaving home to the sound of the same immortal words from my mother. Almost without thinking, I issued the same response as I did all those years ago, albeit with a wry smile from me knowing that in this case it most definintely wouldn’t be.

The couple of weeks working at the school have been fantastic and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Reintroducing myself to my former teachers and reporting to them all of my accomplishments since being under their tutelage, and now informing them that I wanted to follow in their footsteps has been a particular highlight. Furthermore, the new staff have been incredible and so welcoming to me. I cannot thank them enough for their time they have devoted to me. I just hope that one day, when I have been doing this gig for a while, and I see a new face trying to find his feet in teaching, I can be just as helpful to them.

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