Saturday, March 21, 2009

Holding up and holding on

Well, a lot has happened in the past few weeks. First I got sick. Really, really sick. Sicker than sick. More sick than I'd been in I don't know how long. We are still unsure if it was food poisoning or the flu, since my mom ended up sick 5 days later (a bit long for a flu transfer, don't you think?) and La Hija never got sick at all. The day after the night of the worst of it, I had to go to a meeting so I could begin subbing. That was a treat. Nothing like being nauseated during a 2 hour meeting with an auditorium full of people!! It was worth it though, since I finally got everything in order and began subbing last week! I also had my, first classroom observation experience, which was really interesting. It was much more exhausting than I'd imagined. Basically, it was like sitting in a lecture for 5 hours, because I was having to analyze and take notes the entire time.

I taught kindergarten yesterday and am actually physically sore! Whodathunkit??

I had one student who was most likely autistic, but it was never verified to me. We had a hard time at first because he couldn't deal with any sort of change in routine and was really acting out with me and the other students. I tried to talk with him and was incredibly patient when he needed to say things over and over again or when he got frustrated because he couldn't do something. Honestly, it reminded me of my daughter's "I wanna do it myself!" toddler behavior, but it was taking place in a 6 year old. I spent a lot of time defusing issues between him and the other children. It was rough.

At the end of class (this was AM kindergarten), he refused to do his work and was sitting in a chair away from the other students looking very mopey. I asked him what was wrong, and he said, "I am just sad because I'm gonna miss you. You were very kind to me and most people are mean. I want you to go home with me!" and he started crying. I ran up to me and gave me this huge bear hug (he was strong!!) and cried and kept telling me how sad he was and asking when I could come back.

It was an emotional day.

In other news, business went really went over election weekend. Mi Amor tells me that our family is thrilled at the FMLN victory. Mi Amor was of the opinion that he didn't care as long as he made some money that weekend!


Steve Cotton said...

I am with your husband on the election. One pack of thieves moves in while another moves out. Just leave us alone to let us earn a living. Good attitude.

And I am happy to hear that your plans are falling in place -- even with the illness bout. You may have been hit with the flu-like virus that swept through our office this year. Some peiople are literally knocked down -- and others escape. Just like life, in general.

My move south will happen on 15 April. I feel like you did last December.

mydearlizzy said...

Thanks for the update. I've been wondering how you are doing.

Your day in kindergarten sound exhausting. I hope that little boy gets the proper care that can make such a difference in these cases. Hopefully his parents are aware.

Kristen said...

That is so precious about that little boy. Two of my best friends are special education teachers, and when they tell me stories about their days (they deal with severely challenged children) I am more and more convinced they are saints.

Kathleen said...

I hear you about the kindergarten. I've got pre-teens on Saturdays, and they really take it out of me. I knew there was a reason that I only had one of my own.

Sorry to hear that you got sick! Better now, though, yeah?

aighmeigh said...

Steve, you've only got a few days left!! You've got to be so excited :)

MDL, it was exhausting but it was, by far, my best subbing experience so far! I've had some rough classes.

Kris, I have so much respect for people who work with really difficult kids. I've heard some really scary stories.

Kathleen, I can deal with the little ones, it's the older ones who drive me batty. I had a 5th grade class the other day I thought I might flip out on... and don't even get me started about high schoolers ;)

Anonymous said...

i think i would have started crying right along with that little boy. you really made an impact on him an di hope others will take the time to treat him as lovingly and patiently as you did. i work as a substitute too and see so many kids with problems. it's heartbreaking.

teresa in lake stevens, wa.