Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Autumnal snow

I love Nanny McPhee. I love both movies. I very much love the end of the first film with all the snow in August. Enchanting. It's not so much snow in August as snowed under in September here this week.

This is why instead of showing you fabulous pictures of our shiny new uniforms, heavily hanging apples, plentiful onions and stalwart cyclmen, I am in fact bowed in admiration for women who can work full-time, get children's homework done and maintain a functioning house. And as for single mothers who manage this all by themselves...

I said I would do a full week of substitute teaching in the very local school whose hours are so in tune with the boys' times it's fabulous. Especially now that poor Jo has to stay until 3pm as well. It was supposed to be easy!

So, dear friends and patient readers (not that these are mutually exclusive groups) to use another snowy analogy: I have miles to go before I sleep, miles to go before I sleep! Here's hoping you don't xx


13 comments:

Mise said...

When I was very young, I did a week of substitute teaching and had to phone 999 for help. Good luck.

M.K. said...

Oh, Mags, I can't wait until this week is over for you! I know you'll do GREAT, and the kids there are lucky to have you! But there's nothing quite like realizing you're snowed under, and have to wait until you are dug out :( Hang in there!!

Pom Pom said...

You'll survive, Mags! I did not teach when our kids were young. I often wonder how mom-teachers do it. I need so much thinking time/planning time/grading time/alone time. I couldn't have done it!
I believe in you.

GretchenJoanna said...

May God give you strength and peace!

Floss said...

Thinking of you! Your boys will come up trumps - a bit of forced independence is usually pretty good for children! And it's already half way through the week...

Gumbo Lily said...

I'm not sure how you're doing it either, but I'll say a prayer for you.

WiseMóna said...

My hat is off to you dear teacher. I worship the ground the teachers, of my rowdy four, walk on. To take so many children, willingly and daily, and to teach them and shape their young lives is indeed a vocation. I am one of those working mums and am also a college student and could do none of it without my mum and hubby. Good luck!

Isabelle said...

I taught full time plus an evening class when my children were still young. And my house was immaculate. Ahem. That's why we're so rich now. Further ahems.

Fat Dormouse said...

It's Friday!!! So congratulations on getting through the week!

When I was fulltime teaching I could never understand how parents could both work and look after their family. I only had enough energy to flop in front of the TV when I finished work! So very well done.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Oh Mags, I ADORE Nanny McPhee! I've only seen the first movie but LOVE it...so sweet!

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Just checking in to make sure you survived! I can't imagine teaching and mothering/homemaking/breathing/eating all at the same time. For one thing, I'm far too lazy. You're a good woman, Mags! Onward!

xofrances

Fat Dormouse said...

I hope things are OK for you Mags.
God bless x

Amy Danielle said...

hmmm. my comments keep turning up missing! i asked you, have you read the Nurse Matilda books/ we love them round here...