Small Gratitudes

February 7, 2014

I’m attending a conference full of teachers. Teachers are grateful for the smallest things.

  • Finding the “over the downtown” express lanes through Austin.
  • Not being at school when a fire drill is scheduled.
  • Getting to sit down to eat lunch.
  • Finding unfamiliar faces who understand what we’re going through and sympathize.
  • Having a lunch which lasts more than 20 minutes.
  • Using real silverware which is capable of cutting, real dishes that are capable of breaking, and a table setting which requires washing after eating.
  • Not having to chaperone the school dance being held on Friday.
  • Learning that all those school buses full of schoolchildren are staying at the hotel across the street and not at the hotel full of teachers.
  • Free pens!
  • Being able to go to the restroom at any time.
  • Having more than 2 minutes to go to the restroom.
  • Authors who are willing to pose for pics and autographs books.
  • A breakfast uninterrupted by copying, tutorials, or meetings.
  • Cheap books!

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