Saturday, November 19, 2011

Where Everybody Knows My Name

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The same thing always seems to happen.

A voyage approaches with the tick tocking of the clock high up on the wall—ever coming nearer; it waits in the wings for its cue to take center stage.

I sit alone in my classroom; I’ve been here getting ready for the substitute for both Monday and Tuesday for quite a few hours.

My lessons plans finally reached page six before I decided that enough was enough—planning for every possible scenario was no longer an option at this point. I slumped back in my plastic swivel chair, listening to the well-known music that outlines my little world, and the familiarity it affords…the commonalty it brings to me and the little niche I’ve managed to carve into this place over the past few decades while on this spinning world is comforting.

I organized all of the assignments and items for my students into piles, and breathed out a heavy sigh. I rubbed my eyes and remembered that I really should look up the directions my brother sent me last year to reach his flat in New York—as well as print my flight itinerary and boarding pass.

As I read over the directions in the email from a year ago, I felt recoil in my guts which seemed to signify the arrival of something new and foreign to my little world. Something strange to the place I have come to know and find comfort.

I thought of the bustling streets of New York, the chaos and rushing of thousands of people to whom I did not know, and those who did not know me. All too soon I’d be lost amidst a sea of faces—nothing more than a face in the crowd.

I looked around my classroom, at my students’ desks—some crammed with their varied jumble of this, that, and the other—small extensions of themselves while they’re not here.

Man, but I’m going to miss them.

I’m going to miss this little place where, like what’s said the theme song of Cheers, “Everybody knows my name.”

The clock still ticks from its place on the wall, reminding me that there is still a lot to do, and sitting here is no longer a luxury I can afford. Time still trudges onward.

My thoughts turn to my brother, my sister-in-law, and my nephew all waiting for me in New York. When I do, I feel the flicker of excitement rising.

The red-eye will taxi from the runway tonight, and when it does, I will be in it bound for a week in the Big Apple.

Should you find yourself in this grand city in the next seven days, I’d love the chance to meet you…but if you’re there and you’d rather not, that’s okay, too…for now we’ll just see each other as faces in the crowd, but I’ll tell you what…

I’ll smile.


P.S. If so, drop an email to teachinfourth@yahoo

And yes, I left the .com off on purpose…I didn’t want spamming.

15 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Have a great Thanksgiv. in NY... Your nephew is adorable... hmmm, could he be the next Joey? :-)

Tracy P. said...

I would sub for you in a heartbeat! Subbing scares me to death, mainly because when I taught I put that same amount of time into lesson plans and the thought of walking into a room and getting nothing makes my skin crawl. DO NOT like to be unprepared. So thank you, on behalf of subs everywhere.

Would gladly meet you at Starbucks, but also glad to be having Thanksgiving where everybody knows my name. Have fun!!

Laura said...

I'm already jealous of your week in New York, but have a great Thanksgiving!! :)

becca said...

i'm jealous i've always wanted to go to ny

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend!

Kimberly said...

Have a great week! Enjoy your time away!

Connie said...

Great post. I hope you have a grand time in NYC. I've been there thrice :) and loved it each time. More than anything though, you'll love the familiarity of your family.

Karen Peterson said...

I hope you're having a great time, though I think it's impossible not to. New York is a fantastic place!

Mindy said...

I'm glad you'll be able to spend Thanksgiving in the Big Apple with your brother, sister-in-law, and nephew. I hope you have an awesome time.

I'm only a little jealous...honestly ... just a teeny, tiny, itty-bitty... (oh, who am I kidding? Totally envious - but happy for you - really!) ! lol)

Keep us posted on your adventures (or misadventures as the case may be...)

Mamma has spoken said...

Ah a week in New York during Thanksgiving week.
Sounds like fun!
Isn't it funny how it takes hours of planning just to take a day off. Those who think teachers have it easy, need to do this and then realize we do it without pay....

Kelly said...

Hope you are having a great time in the Big Apple! I love that city.

Stacey said...

You will LOVE it! I visited there last year for the first time and was mesmerized by the parallel world I was in...unlike anything I had every experienced. We are going back in 3 years to see the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Enjoy yourself!

Rachel said...

Henny Penny figures since you're not there she doesn't want to go. :)

Danielle said...

I'm excited for you. :D
You always get good pictures when you're there!
Tell them all hi for us.

Valerie said...

Bummer! We'd thought about visiting friends in NYC for Thanksgiving, but didn't work out. Would have been fun to see you guys. Maybe next time!

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