Thursday, January 17, 2008
I'm home sick today. I really should have taken yesterday off, but that was day 2 of the ELA state assessment, which probably requires hospitalization to justify a sick day. I made the decision and arrangements yesterday early afternoon - typed up the lesson plan, adjusted for the substitute teacher, made copies, etc.
The title of this post - energy - is what I lacked yesterday that prompted me to call in sick. Just like good health in general, I don't even think about the energy I need to be the teacher I am until I don't have it.
As soon as I officially logged in my sick day request (online, aren't we fancy!), I felt at peace, simultaneously giving in and letting go. Physically, I was tired, congested, drippy, icky, all night long. But I didn't mind so much because a day off gave me time and space to sleep and recover. As I lay in bed, propped up by 2 pillows, quarantined in the bedroom, waiting for the antihistamine to kick in, Elizabeth Gilbert read to me her experiences in Italy from Eat, Pray, Love. (My favorite part so far is her rendition of the Italian soccer fan's cheers and curses during a game she attended in Rome - I don't have the book yet, but I doubt I would EVER be able to properly interpret the fan's sentiments on paper in either language.)
I started my morning slowly, with TV, tea, blogging, emails, Facebook. I contemplated for a while the pile of essays I brought home to grade, counted and realized there were only 11, so I graded them. Then I ventured outside to the public library.
Today, I feel much better. I'm still sniffly and sneezy, but I am content. The first picture is a library copy of Eat, Pray, Love on audio CD, a library copy of Artist to Artist - 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art (to benefit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art), tea, and tissue box. The Artist book is fantastic - each letter is accompanied by a foldout with illustrations, and just wait till you see what accompanies Robert Sabuda's letter. The picture below is what I also found in the library to enjoy on my day off.