Monday, May 11, 2009

Maybe I am a masochist after all.

Today the teacher next door asked me if I'd consider working this summer. She was informed today that she needs to round up teachers to do literacy remediation for four hours each morning throughout June. It'd be easy work since the remediation is computer-based; basically the job is to supervise everyone, help kids when they get stuck, and make sure people don't cheat by logging in as their friends. In all honesty, it sounds pretty boring.

I know in this economy I'm lucky to have a job, never mind having the chance to make $35 an hour for very easy part-time work, but I still don't want to do it. I'd take it in a heartbeat if such a position were available in my home town. I want to escape the Delta for a bit, catch up with my family and friends, lock myself in the library and study for hours on end, read, watch movies, go for long walks, get ahead on lesson planning, and basically enjoy having some time I can call my own. There will be a bit of professional development in there, but overall the summer should be a much more relaxing time if I don't take the job. A few weeks of freedom was going to be the reward for a year of hard work and frugality

Naturally, I told her I'd do it if she absolutely can't find anyone else to take the position.


Over the Cubicle Wall said...


I give this same advise to everybody I know who has the opportunity to escape the working world for more than a week or two: Do it without regret.

The last time I had more than two weeks in a row off (took exactly two weeks in between changing jobs, other than that the most has been one week) was in 1996. The chances don't come around very often.

Adam said...

Did you ever notice that when you utter the words "I'll do it if you cannot find anyone else", they can never seem to find anyone else? It ALWAYS happens to me!

Bonnie said...

I'd stick to your original plan of having a relaxing summer. You won't regret not taking this boring part-time job, but you WILL regret the fun times you missed out on in your hometown.