Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Excitement of Teaching

Teaching is the girl that can't help breaking hearts.  When she gives you her number, you don't wait two days to call.  You rehearse what you will say, but the words still come fumbling out your mouth.  And she doesn't call you right back.  Just when you've given up hope, her name shines through on your caller ID.   You drop everything to see her for just few minutes.  Teaching is high maintenance.  She needs you to be there for her all day long.  She doesn't need anything in 3 days, she needs it in 5 minutes.  When she has a problem, everything else in your life gets put on hold.
She may be high maintenance, but she's not a gold digger.  She'll take one hand knit scarf over 5 diamond rings.  She prefers a homemade meal and a late evening stroll to a fancy dinner and a night on the town any night of the week.   When you try to be conservative with teaching, when you start taking her for granted, you end up sleeping by yourself.  She likes risks.
She's a roller coaster.  She has you singing Love you Madly one day, and It ain't me Babe the next.  She's a rose that will prick you the second you think you have her in your grasp.  With teaching, there's no silver lining; no fairy tale ending.  You bust your hump for her all day long, and then lay awake at night wondering about her.  If she likes you, resistance is futile.  You can try to get out, but she'll just suck you back in, somehow.  She's like a Catch-22 squared.
But she always keeps you on your toes. She makes you feel alive.  She turns your logarithmic curve of self-discovery exponential.  And she takes you on a great vacation every summer.  And most of all, when you look back on the time you spent with her, you might question every move you made, but you regret none.  If you've ever felt trapped by the monotony of a risk-free relationship, you love the passion and excitement she brings to the table.  Yup, I'll take teaching over my old corporate gig even on her worst days.

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