I have a question for you. At those times when you are not a Spanish teacher (or whatever your profession may be), what are you?
Don't get me wrong, please. I am not complaining. I know that, despite its challenges, teaching is a beautiful profession. Teaching allows me to satisfy my intellect, connect with other people, pursue scholarly interests, use my creativity, and do something that makes a difference. There are few, if any, professions that can offer that.
Still, there are times when I get utterly lost in all the demands of my job. These are the times when I am so involved in teaching, and all the side jobs
that accompany it, that I lose sight of who I am. Do you know the
feeling? You get up early and go to school; you immediately get to
work; you give it your best all day long; you bring home projects to
grade; and you spend your time after dinner planning, writing rubrics,
answering parent emails, and attending the basketball game . . . . and
on it goes. I start to feel like a machine that simply churns out grades, signed passes, and lesson plans.
So, I'm back to my question: when I am not a Spanish teacher, what am I?
In addition to being a mother and a wife, I am a member of a church, a blogger, a dabbling graphic artist, and a maker of things. By that last part, I mean that I get great joy from creating - knitting, crochet, painting, jewelry making, and that sort of thing. My latest interest is polymer clay. I'm just beginning with it, but I can see an immense potential for creative expression there.
Today I made a necklace that included a small polymer clay sculpture of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The necklace itself is inspired by Santeria, which is a religion that mingles elements of voodoo with Catholicism.
I let my imagination and creativity lead the way and I think the result was quite nice. It certainly makes a statement - a strong one. This will be on display today at a local craft fair where I hope it will draw some attention and some comments. And it's nice to answer questions about design, technique, and artistic self-expression. (More fun to talk about than preterite vs. imperfect!)
So, though this blog is (sadly) not a hotbed of conversation, I invite you to leave a comment below to express who you are at those moments when you are not a teacher. What is it that makes you uniquely you?