Have you ever taken a personality test? It’s amazing how accurate the results can be after answering a series of questions. Something that my results usually say is that I am 50% extroverted, 50% introverted. This means that I enjoy being around people, but when it’s time to recharge, I need a little bit of alone time. I mentioned in a previous post that I work as a substitute teacher. This has been an unexpected blessing to me in many ways.
Working as a blogger and antiques dealer, most of my time is spent alone. It is incredibly isolating to spend days hunting antiques, researching them, photographing them, and writing about them. There is also a lot of “work” time that you don’t get paid for. In 2016, after 4 years of blogging and antiquing I was in need of human interaction and supplemental pay, so I began to substitute teach. In 2017 our family suffered the loss of 5 people close to us, as well as our dog passing away. I’ve told a couple of my teacher friends this, but not many. That year when I went to work at school, I didn’t talk about it, but subbing and being around people, feeling like I was making a difference somewhere, definitely helped me get through a tough time. I am thankful for every day that I worked that year (and since then) that has gotten me out of the house and around some of the most amazing teachers and kids. It’s not all roses, by any means, but it’s a blessing. I try to let the teachers, kids, and admin know every time I work how truly thankful I am to be there. I am not only grateful for the pay, but for the friendships.
The school I work at is half a mile away from my house, and it is the school my kids attended. When my kids went to school there I was very involved. After years of volunteering and subbing, I developed a form for substitutes to use. It makes sure a sub leaves the teacher some vital information about what happened while she/he was gone. This form is free! Teachers are welcome to print it and leave it for their subs to use. Subs are welcome to print it and use it themselves.