Gratitude Friday, for which I am grateful to Diana at http://www.creativestructures.blogspot.com/
Today, I am grateful for my job.
I was lucky enough to fall into a career path I adore, that nourishes my spirit and mind. I am also fortunate to work where I do, where teachers, children and parents are respected, where colleagues are honored, and we're challenged in the best of ways. I am grateful that our program gets the recognition for excellence it deserves. I am grateful to have my day measured in joy, kindness and learning instead of dollars and defeating others.
I am grateful that my employer is helping finance the cost of my further professional education, and has encouraged me every step of the way. I am grateful that teaching has allowed me most of the same vacation time as my children, and that I was able to race home from work to spend afternoons with them. Less grateful that Early Education is one of the most underpaid careers there is (itty bitty children, itty bitty paycheck), and many teachers have few benefits. I am grateful that I can use Larry's benefits package, and that others on my staff can take advantage of Massachusetts' low-cost health insurance plan.
I am grateful that every September I am excited to begin another year, with another group of children to learn from.