not what I planned....
Today is the 6th day of the 38th week, the 20th day of the 9th month ((if you can figure out where September has gone, please let me know)), the 263rd day of 2019, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ....
- Constitution Day/Pledge Across America
- International Grenache Day
- National Concussion Awareness Day
- National Doodle Day
- National Fried Rice Day
- National Gibberish Day
- National Pepperoni Pizza Day
- National POW/MIA Recognition Day
- National Punch Day
- National String Cheese Day
- National Tradesman Day
1814 - "Star Spangled Banner" published as a song, lyrics by Francis Scott Key, tune by John Stafford Smith
1839 - fist railroad in Netherland opens (Amsterdam-Haarlem)
1848 - The American Association for the Advancement of Science is created.
1873 - Panic sweeps NY Stock Exchange (railroad bond default/bank failure) NY shut banks for 10 days due to a bank scandal
1893 - The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts
1904 - Orville & Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II
1946 - Churchill argues for a 'United States of Europe' ((how ironic as BREXIT continues to loom))
1951 - first North Pole jet crossing
1954 - first FORTRAN computer program run
1958 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1961 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1963 - JFK proposes a joint US-Soviet voyage to the moon
1973 - Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match
1984 - "Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV
1985 - Walt Disney World's celebrates its 200-millionth guest
1990 - Both East and West Germany ratify reunification
1990 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1992 - Space shuttle STS-47 (Endeavour 2) lands
1994 - Space shuttle STS-64 (Discovery 20), lands
Quote of the day:
"Even though we cannot see clearly how it’s going to turn out, we are still called to let the future into our imagination. We will never be able to build what we have not first cherished in our hearts."
~ Joanna Macy and Sam Mowe, “The Work That Reconnects”
So many first day of school pictures – and some, like my granddaughters’, showed their current answers to “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, the thought being it would be fun to see how it changed through the years. Me? I always wanted to be a teacher. Yup, I loved school that much – thought about being a librarian when I was a bit older but couldn’t afford the extra money to go through librarian school after getting my undergraduate degree. I had it all figured out -- I was going to teach for two years [I was on the tuition waiver plan] and then decide if I was a good teacher. If I was? I would teach until I retired. If I wasn’t? I was going to quit and join the Peace Corps. The only question was which topic would I teach and at what grade level?
History, specifically ancient and medieval history [the world went to hell in a handbasket it seemed to me in modern times, although I dearly loved Napoleon and Stonewall Jackson], turned out to be my major, along with minors in Education and Anthropology. I added to the background by taking classes in political science and economics, which prepared me [or so I thought] to teach Social Studies. As for the level? I figured out pretty quickly that I didn’t want to teach elementary school – I have a tremendous amount of respect for those teachers, but I knew I wasn’t interested in teaching Johnny how to read. Didn’t want to teach high school either, having a vivid memory of the mouth and attitude that age group brought to school each year. No, I wanted to teach in what used to be called Junior High – middle school these days – and my target was 6th and 7th graders.
Well, things didn’t work out quite the way that I planned. Although I did my student teaching and some subbing, I never actually taught. Instead I got married, and after my kids went off to school, I started working retail, then landed in community banking where I have worked the past 34 years. There was one point in the early 90’s when I thought about switching back to teaching. I took the competency test that was then required in Maryland, and was appalled when I only scored a B-, then was even more flabbergasted to find out that teachers who only made 28/100 were being hired for some inner city schools! I found I had to take classes so I could teach reading as apparently Johnny’s reading abilities had become worse since I graduated from Towson. And I learned that teachers weren’t actually needed anymore, at least not in the area I was living, so I stayed where I was in Loan Servicing.
And here I am, light years away from where I thought I would be.
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