For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Yin and Yang.
Whether it’s Newton’s Third Law, or an ancient Chinese concept, they both help me to describe my week.
There were a couple of different directions this column could go because I had a lot of trouble deciding whether to be cynical Cindy or positive Patsy (fun fact: I love adding matching names to adjectives). As one good thing happened for me, a bad one followed or vice-versa.
I’ll start with observations in Alice. This week the students were benchmark testing so I spent the first two days being a hall monitor in the 7th grade wing.
I was only in an actual classroom for small amounts at a time when a teacher needed to use the restroom or turn in their test booklets.
I saw some wild kids and attitude problems but there was one moment in particular that stayed with me all week.
A kid made a little sarcastic remark to me when I didn’t let him to leave to go to the library. It was a tiny moment and I realize these kids are just in middle school, but it was another moment when I realized how little respect some of them have.
To balance out the not so happy, I had a really good day with my 8th graders the next time I was there. I’m getting so attached to them but I feel like they are starting to feel the same way about me.
Of course to balance out some good, I had another misfortune—the AC in my car went out. Just perfect. The silver lining with this is the best, though.
My mom—my wonderful, amazing, kind mom—decided she would help me get a new car. I was planning on getting one as a graduation gift (from me to me) in a year, but at the rate of things going wrong on my car, she wanted me to get a new one now.
Why spend so much money on a car I’ll only have for a year? So needless to say that was huge hallelujah chorus moment to make up for some of the bad.
Flip flopping again to the other side of the spectrum here because the real kicker of my week—the main event of this episode (my life isn’t a TV show…blah blah blah…I know)—involved moments at work.
Let me start by saying again how much I love my co-workers. They are truly like my second family and I love each of them so much (especially when they buy me coffee but that’s a given).
The last few days have been a whirlwind for us and today was no different. I was one of the ones working at the front reception desk so I talked to a lot of students.
There was one encounter in particular that had me about 2 inches from blowing up. Now I won’t talk any specifics, but basically there were 2 guys that were…so incredibly rude.
They kept trying to argue with me and when someone tries to argue with me, I see red. I can’t help it. I love words and I will throw your words right back at you to win an argument.
In that moment, I became Anger from the movie Inside Out—fire coming out of the top of my head and all. People just amaze me with their ignorance sometimes, they really do.
The balanced out moment for that little blow up was just having my co-workers there to keep me sane.
Whether it’s venting to each other, making popcorn every afternoon, or working together to kill a giant wasp in the office, they can always make my whole day better.
All in all, I got whiplash from the back and forth of the last few days. I could picture my emotions as little characters running around in a frenzy like the ones from Inside Out.
Life definitely had me running a marathon this week. I feel so dramatic because I treat every week like it’s a battle, but at this point in the semester, it’s true.
The war (finals) is approaching so there’s no harm in preparing myself!
I think we’re all starting to feel that mid-semester exhaustion but I promise we’re nearing our finish line; let’s just trek along together and we can complain all we want along the way.
Having someone to complain with is always a good thing in my book.