I have been having trouble looking on the bright side lately. And for me—a person who has often been labeled an eternal optimist—that’s saying something.
I can’t say I find it shocking that I’m not feeling super positive and full of hope. Each day at this job is intense in a way I haven’t quite experienced before. In addition to confusion over policies and rules in this new program, my days regularly include (among other things): suicide threats (both serious and melodramatic), kids climbing up walls/doorways/lockers, and kids running through hallways to tear down hallway posters or trying to bolt from the building. I have the oldest kids in the program, but for the younger classes many days also involve physical restraints and/or getting kicked.
Still, there definitely are parts of my job I look forward to and those parts can’t be discounted. I already shared the awesome “Oops, I tooted!” incident in a recent post, so here are some of the other favorite moments and uplifting things that I’ve experienced so far: Continue reading