I had to work today. Got the call at 6:00am. An actual paying day-good deal. I am saving up to buy Megan a new english saddle. I actually had to have her sized by someone who knew about these things. My little, long-legged darling needs and extra-long flap. So 6 fruitless months of looking later, I have resigned myself that there won't be a steal on ebay. Who knew?
But I digress....
My paying job is as a substitute teacher in the White River school. I don't specialize. They call... I show up. I have never had a burning desire to be a teacher. Nor would I want to after substituting. But, there are benefits. I am now on a first name basis with all of Megan's friends, most of the high schoolers and I regularly get my leg hugged by the elementary kids. A few "Wazzz ups" and a couple of the new cool knuckle bumps or peace signs and voila... Megan has the coolest mom going. I like being the cool mom. Does that mean all of the kids like me-uh-NO!! I am also considered a hard-ass and I don't cut anyone any slack. Get out of line and it is straight to the principal's office.
Now, do I think that I am particularly good at this job-NOT REALLY!! Patience has never been one of my strong suits. I hate repeating myself and some of these kids' attitudes makes me want to hunt down their parents and beat them, but really I am only there to make sure they don't burn the place down. The advantage of seeing my daughter in her natural habitat - PRICELESS.
I am not a PTA parent. I don't go to all of the sports activities. I don't want to be my daughter's best friend, but knowing what and who she has to deal with on a daily basis has definitely improved our relationship.
And I kinda like my new nickname....La Tiz-zone.
Megan & Strawberry - back when the saddle fit.
PS - If anyone knows where I can find a nice 17" jumping saddle, regualar/medium tree, extra-long flap for less than $800.00 - please let me know.