August 22, 2019-
I got in a full-day’s work today, after five months’ hiatus. Of course, there hasn’t been a lot of idleness during that time, but I have missing being around children and youth, on a regular basis, nipping at my consciousness.
Today went very well. The few who wanted to mess around, didn’t meet with much success. I am long past the point where I let mischief get to me. On the other hand, I don’t let it spread. The rules of the day are set by the regular teacher, so the parameters are already in place.
Children and teens know this is how things work, and those with whom I interact are quite relieved that I am not here to be a slacker. Simply put, this brief period of my presence in their lives needs to be of support for their broader plans, hopes and dreams, and of deterrence to the obstacles, both self-induced and put in place by others, that would derail those broader plans.
My goal: To be of maximum support, to each young person who comes into a room where I am working.