Friday, January 25, 2008

Shoulds are bogus or What a Week it Was

The Packers should be headed to the Super Bowl.
Reality: They lost.
End result: They're heading on home to watch the Bowl on TV like the rest of us.

Bitter cold weather should result in a day off from school.
Reality: Our new superintendent is a tough guy and thinks everyone else should tough it out, too.
End result: No day off, or even a two hour delay, despite the double digit below zero wind chills.

Students should behave when reminded, if not sooner.
Reality: Sometimes they argue with the teacher instead of shaping up.
End result: Certain individuals in my class are wondering why I contacted their parents regarding their inappropriate behavior.

I should be finished with my progress reports and feeling refreshed upon starting a new semester.
Reality: Dealing with the large numbers of students with unmedicated ADHD and the undiagnosed who-knows- what that permeates my classroom is, frankly, exhausting.
End result: I'm going to be working on my progress reports this weekend, since I had no energy to finish them earlier this week.

I should be mad at Buttercup for scratching me this morning.
Reality: Well, really, I shouldn't have picked her up when she wasn't eager to snuggle.
End result: She's still my sweet bunny, and the scratch is fine now. In fact, you can find a Buttercup Portrait here. Yes, she's a character.

I should rest this weekend.
Reality: It's Trivia Weekend!
End result: I'll spend too much time listening to the webcast and helping Amigo answer questions during the contest, and I'll thoroughly enjoy the 50 hours. Well, I'll thoroughly enjoy as much of the 50 hours as I experience, since I'm much too wise (or old) to stay up the whole time.

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Anonymous Maddy said...

Hmm my life is also full of 'should's.
Best wishes

1/25/2008 7:12 PM  
Blogger mamacheryl said...

Wow. I had no idea that any other universities had a huge trivia weekend marathon. I was a comm major at UW-Stevens Point, and the radio station in the building puts on a huge trivia weekend in April. The whole town gets overtaken by trivia geeks from around the country... and since there's extra points available for the scavenger hunts (all over the dang town), it's chaotic. I usually just stayed in the comm building and munched on the catered food. :)

1/25/2008 7:13 PM  
Blogger Flea said...

Is that really Buttercup's tongue?

My Little Guy was diagnosed ADHD just this fall. Fortunately he was homeschooled till this last year, so I was the only teacher he drove nuts. But I volunteer in a fourth grade room and every week think, "These teachers don't get paid nearly enough." I remember going thru college, working on my Elem. Ed. degree, knowing at the end that I didn't have what it takes to teach. Hats off to you, ma'am.

1/25/2008 9:32 PM  
Blogger Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Here's another should (related to your first point . . ) I'm thinking certain quarterbacks, especially those who have set all those records, ought to be allowed one do-over per game.

Just a thought.

1/26/2008 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, I empathize with your list and my Giants SHOULD feel real lucky ;o)

1/29/2008 8:29 AM  

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