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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Just What I Needed

Today I got home from school, walked downstairs to recline, and drank a cup of hot dandelion chai tea. It was a much-needed break from the day. The dark, the quiet, my warm blanket all comforted me as I sipped. After my tea was gone I gave my mom a call. She was a second-grade teacher for many years and is also a compassionate ear when I've had a particularly tough day. I try not to go on about school too much when I talk to her but today I went ahead and told her all about my frustrations. She listened sympathetically and it was nice to just get it all out of my system. 
Now I'm sitting here with my son, daughter, and husband watching The Greatest of All Time Jeopardy winners challenge each other. It's a nice way to end a busy stressful day. I'm so thankful I didn't have any responsibilities late into the night. No games, concerts, practices, or sibling drama to tackle tonight. Just a quiet relaxing night at home. It was exactly what I needed. 


  1. You're so lucky you have your mom to call - AND she is a teacher (once a teacher, always a teacher)!

  2. At times we all need someone who will just listen. You have the perfect listener in your mom because she understands the frustrations faced by teachers.

  3. You describe that end of a tough day feeling and what feels best next so well here. Hope today is an easier day.

  4. Thank you for your honesty about the energy depletion educators often feel at day's end. I love my job as a school librarian, but I come home dragging most every day. Teatime can be balm for the soul.


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