Being on a School Bus in 95 Degree Heat. The Grossest Thing. Eva.

It's no secret that I'm not really a fan of field trips. Something I probably should have considered before I became a teacher. And had children of my own. I have been to hell and back. And I lived to tell my story. Barely. Yesterday our eighth grade class had their graduation luncheon. It's an amazing party to celebrate this milestone in their lives. Normally a glorious occasion. Until the temperature reaches 95 freaking degrees and you're on a yellow school bus with no freaking AC and you're wearing a…

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For The Love of God I Need This School Year to End

The best part about being a teacher is getting your summers off. Hands down. And if any teacher tells you any different s/he is a big fat liar. I teach because I love seeing children learn. No. I teach because I feel I'm really making a difference in these kids lives. Nay. I teach because it's so rewarding. Never. I teach because of the amount of respect I get in and out of the classroom. No nay never no more. We all teach to get our freaking summers off. Period.…

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Growing Up In Violence Part 3: Shannon’s Story

I am a guidance counselor. And I've always wanted to tell some of my enlightening stories. Over the years I have taken notes about a lot of my students. And I've decided to start sharing some of them here. I work with a lot of kids who don't have ideal home lives. The one thing that always amazes me is that they always come to school. Even though there's no one at home making them. When I was a kid I would have stayed home every chance I got. Even…

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Growing Up In Violence Part Two: Fiona’s Story Continued

This is Fiona's story continued. Her mom was arrested and Fiona and her brothers are now left to fend for themselves once again. Read Part One of Fiona's story here. A few months later they had my mom's first trial. She was losing her case. She called us and told us that everything was going to be okay. I got mad and told her everything is not going to be okay. How could she be so stupid? It's my 8th grade year. She wasn't going to see me graduate. She…

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Growing Up In Violence Part Two: Fiona’s Story

I am a guidance counselor. And I've always wanted to tell some of my enlightening stories. Over the years I have taken notes about a lot of my students. And I've decided to start sharing some of them here. I work with a lot of kids who don't have ideal home lives. The one thing that always amazes me is that they always come to school. Even though there's no one at home making them. When I was a kid I would have stayed home every chance I got. Even…

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My Thoughts On Being a Sox Fan When The Cubs Are in the Super Bowl

I like sports. I play sports. My kids play sports. I don't always understand sports. But one thing is for sure. I am a Sox fan. I was born and raised a Chicago White Sox fan. My Dad was a huge fan. I know everyone out there says that their Dad is the hugest fan ever, but they are wrong. My Dad was. My Dad died in April 2005 at the ripe old age of 58. When we were kids he would always say when he was old and senile…

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The Man Flu. Give Me a Freaking Break.

There was a report on the news the other morning that the man flu is a real thing. Beau couldn't wait for me to get out of the shower to tell me this. I haven't seen him that happy in a long time.ย Like all he's ever needed was some goof to come out with a study stating men are big babies. I wonder how much that guy was paid to do that study. And yes, of course, it was conducted by a man. I guarantee you I could have done…

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