Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Green with summer envy

In a little over year, I'm marrying a teacher. It’s his passion for “changing lives every day” (his wonderful words) that I love so much about him. But it’s also the thing that makes my little green jealousy monster rear its ugly head. Some girls get jealous about flirty girls swooping in and stealing their guy. Not me. I get jealous about his summer vacation.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing all about “the countdown”. If you’re related to a teacher, friends with a teacher, or ever had a teacher, you know exactly what I’m talking about. All you have to do is ask is “how many days?” and they’ll practically scream out the number, unable to control their glee.

That question always leaves me wondering what my countdown is. To my next vacation day? New Year’s Day? The day I retire a million years from now? Which brings me to my biggest gripe about the working world: no end and no new beginning. School was so nice because you started in August, worked hard all year with an end in sight, and if you did a good (or at least adequate) job, you got to advance to a new level. Amazing! The funny thing is that I still think of my life in terms of the school year. I wish the corporate world would follow suit.

I just love hearing my fiancé and his teacher friends make all their grand plans for their long days of freedom. Sunday night cook-outs, Wednesday happy hours, and the absolute worst—fun days at my apartment complex’s pool….while I’m at work! No fair!

It’s times like those I find myself wishing I was a teacher. But then I remember that kids aren’t really my thing. Sure, I wouldn’t have to teach little kids, but I certainly wouldn’t want to put up with the drama that comes with high school students. My fiancé is a high school teacher and after hearing his hilarious stories of tears, angst and hissy fits, it makes me so glad I don’t deal with that on a daily basis.

Teachers work so hard the entire year and they definitely deserve the time off. I just wish corporate America would see how hard everyone works so we could all have summers off, too. Hey, a girl can dream! In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the few days I do have off and hope that my fiancé might spend part of his long summer days making me delicious dinners to come home to. Yep, I'm still dreaming.

P.S. If my fiancé is reading this: Hii! How many days?

8 comments:

Herding Cats said...

I'm a teacher, and um....15 work days! :)

Mrs. Dontje said...

my husband is done june 11. however i adjusted my work schedule to work four 10 hour days so i have an extra day to play!! :)

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I'm a college instructor, and I'd like to say that I take summers off. But I still have tons of bills, so I usually spend all summer working; I'll be working two jobs this summer plus writing my dissertation. But you're totally right about how everyone else deserves a longer vacation. I think people would be happier if they could spend more time relaxing.

citygal said...

As a teacher, I do love summer vacation. However, most teachers spend a great deal of it "working," whether it be on lesson plans or taking classes to "keep up" with current trends. I must say though, working from home sure beats dealing with kids day in and day out ;) Tell your fiance I hope he enjoys his kid-free break...:)

nmaha said...

Congrats on getting engaged.......hehehe, I think school was truly the best phase of my life, so I gotta agree with this post

Natalie Smith said...

love it! I sit in a cubicle all day and I am surrounded by teachers... sister, mom, friends... ugh! I hear "the countdown" forever!!

Brittany said...

I just graduated and I'm wondering how I'll ever measure life again. I LIKE semesters, because they end so soon! haha I guess we will have to create our own kinds of rewards instead of just moving on to a new and better grade.

Brittney said...

my husband is a teacher, and let me just tell you I have several to do lists for him and if I am feeling extra mean i make him teach summer school...there is no reason he should have 2.5 months off. put him to work girl!