June 17, 2015 admin

PURPOSE: The Basics of Geometry

by Carolyn Mahaffey

Age 69. Midland, MI

Before class, I sometimes would sit in the chair of a student who was having a lot of trouble and pray that I might be a blessing to him that day. 

The smell of the chalkboard has always thrilled me.  I never minded the mess from the  copy machine. Before class, I sometimes would sit in the chair of a student who was having a lot of trouble and pray that I might be a blessing to him that day.  Yes, for 37 years I was a teacher, the last 25 as a high school special education teacher.  That was my purpose, that was my calling.  It was enough, it was challenging, and of course there never was a dull day.

But now I am retired and I am adrift.  What is my purpose now? I struggle with it every day.  When I was teaching I would bound out of bed 6:15 every morning.  Now I wake early, but stay under the covers, filled with a world’s worth of anxiety.

It might have been better had I died why trying to teach students with learning disabilities the basics of geometry.

 

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