Q: What’s it like being back at the office?
A: I feel like a freshman in high school.
Everything is new; it’s still school like middle school was, but it’s bigger and more complicated. And there’s more home-work.
And I’m tired all the time from waking up at 6 am to get everyone out the door in time to ride the traffic and get into my office.
Sometimes I wonder how the seniors will think of me. Did I miss drool on my shoulder? Did I get milk everywhere?
Were they better at it than me when they were freshmen?
How fast can I get lunch down my throat so I have time to catch up on overdue assignments?
I miss my baby; he’s having fun with another girl and I have to try not to think about it while reading stats or writing documents.
And it’s all so new and overwhelming; I know yawning during meetings isn’t nice; but it’s not you, teacher, it’s me.
And as weird as this sounds, expressing milk locked up in my office, with occasional door-knocking – I feel like an awkward teenager trying to work out a tampon in the bathroom stall while the cool girls are standing by the mirror putting on lipstick.
Did I forget to pack all my textbooks… milk… to take home? Nope, gotta turn back and get the rest of my stuff. Now I’m late and my ride won’t be pleased.