First of all, I acknowledge feeling quite honored and humbled to find out from WordPress that there are 166 people whom I have never met, who actually follow my blog. These people read what I have written and like it enough to tell WordPress that whenever I write a new blog, to send them a notification. That fact is cool, to me, and it also boggles my mind, a bit.
Secondly, there are some fabulous Classic Movie bloggers who announced they were going to host interesting and fun blogathons this Fall and I signed up to participate. I let them down by not writing a piece for each that I signed up for. I apologize to those bloggers: The Midnite Drive-In, In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood, Pop Culture Reverie, and Realweegiemidget. Be sure to visit these great blogger’s sites and enjoy their offerings for you to read, revolving around classic movies and tv shows.
Thirdly, what has caused me to ignore my blogging hobby for almost 2 & 1/2 months? Going back to work full-time, that’s what has gotten in the way of my hobby. From 1983-1987, I was in college learning how to be an elementary school teacher. After graduation, I taught for one year in my hometown, teaching kindergartners and planning my wedding. In June of 1988, my new husband whisked me off to South Carolina, where I was soon hired to teach 7th graders their math lessons and this I did, for 3 years. Motherhood then came calling and I willingly put my teaching career on the back burner to await a time when I could go back to it.
Fast forward to 2015, and my husband kindly notices that with 3 of our 7 kids pretty much out of the nest, and the 4th one leaving for college in August of 2016, perhaps, he said gently, it’s time for you to go back to teaching? It took some investigating on my part, several phone calls to Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education(MO DESE) to get the correct answers as to what I needed to do to obtain a MO teaching certificate, and then I worked on getting certified. I was granted a two year provisional certificate and as soon as I take an economics class and let DESE know this, then I’ll receive a 4 year certificate. Evidently, in OH, where I went to college, elementary education majors didn’t need to take an economics class, but in MO, they have to.
In the meantime, I began working full-time for our local school district as a substitute teacher and for this semester, I was asked to consider being a sub for a teacher’s aide for fall semester, working with special education students. I am enjoying being back in a classroom tremendously but as I said, the time management issues are my puzzlement now.
When I was a stay at home mom for all of those years, I was very used to setting the family’s schedule for the day, calling the shots on the homefront, so to speak. I had more time in which to clean the house, do the laundry, grocery shopping, etc. than I do now. Getting back into a M-F, 7 hour workday has been an adjustment and I’m still tweaking that new schedule, the time when I’m not at work, to see what I really can accomplish in my off hours and what activities might just be unrealistic overcomittments.
I really do enjoy blogging, but a twice a week effort won’t be happening. It’s too much for me to do, so for now, I’m going to scale back my blogging efforts to once a week, and hopefully that will be doable. Some blogs will be about local or state or national topics, parenting topics, observations on my part, and some will be all about a classic movie as I am a huge fan of classic films. Speaking of which, I am delighted that my twin daughters had to recently read the play, A Streetcar Named Desire, for their English class and they searched Turner Classic Movies channel on their own and found that Streetcar was going to air on October 5th, they set it up to record and we’ll be watching it tomorrow night!! I love it when I can introduce a classic film to my kids! It lets me have a win-win moment and it’s even better when they tell me that it was a good film, even if it wasn’t in color!
Since I wrote this post a couple days ago, we all watched Streetcar and my daughters liked it, and said the film followed the play very well. Good to know that Elia Kazan and company knew what they were doing in taking the stage play to a film format.