Don't we all pay close attention to what we are wearing that first quarter? We want to make an impression on the students, parents, and our colleagues. I always have my wardrobe planned out down to the earrings on Sunday afternoon. Everything is hanging in outfit groups in my closet. My shoes are buffed and clean. My toes are painted. I actually wear mascara and other real make-up just so I won't be mistaken for a student (Don't laugh! It happened a lot my first 10 years teaching. Granted, it hasn't really happened in the last 16 years, but it could!). I blow dry and straighten my giant head of hair to glossy perfection. My daily packed lunches make everyone else feel bad about what they are eating. And even though my report time isn't until 7:05 a.m., I am in the classroom by 6:30 a.m.!
By 2nd quarter, I am starting to slip a little. Oh, I am making an effort. I mean, I am actually wearing grown up outfits still with real lady shoes. Everything is still matching, but I am only preparing two-three days in advance. I have given up on mascara because the Santa Ana winds are blowing, and I have shaved off a little prep time by giving up the flat iron. During conferences, I start sneaking in a cookie and hitting the Diet Coke again. Now, I start aiming for 6:40 a.m. and still feel smug about it.
By 3rd quarter, I have given up on much more than the flat iron. I stop wearing bracelets, because they really bug me and I just take them off before the end of 2nd period. Powder foundation is faster, and I really need a miracle to keep my skin from drying out totally. I slip into wearing jeans and light cotton sweaters, because in Southern California you don't really get to wear wool, but I fool myself into believing it is okay because of "the weather." The same earrings will keep finding their way back into my ears for several days in row. My hair is now being blown dry while I brush my teeth, and smoothed down with fancy smoothing stuff as I race out the door. I am down to protein bars and apples if the kids are looking, and cookies when they are not. Plus, I am lucky if I remember to drink one bottle of water. Diet Coke is a liquid, right? I start hitting the parking lot around 6:50 a.m., darn that traffic!
23 days and counting!
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