In the coming months, Saturday readers will hopefully be treated to more piquant and regular postings than usual, since the onerous burden of being an elementary school teacher in the Denver school system is more than this viejo can manage, while at the same time meeting obligations as Saturday's bloguista.
Of course, all teachers, particularly those of the U.S., are overburdened. In my state, education also has the distinction of being some of the most under-funded and under-equipped nationally. It's doubtful things are going to get better, as noted in an article from the Denver superintendent's "State of the Schools" address (9/09):
"Enrollment . . . is now the biggest it's been in 35 years with more than 75,000 students. Still, Boasberg says the district may look at cutting up to $30 million through the next school year because of the sagging economy."
Pero, ya basta with the self-indulgence. But by way of explanation, I don't go on my school-year hiatuses(i?) simply because I have no time; none of us do. What I find difficult to counterbalance is the exhaustion from district requirements (11 hrs. a day, 6 days a week) on one side, and the literary and creative stamina to simultaneously post to La Bloga, on the other. I want to give La Bloga my best but find myself giving only what's left over.
Anyway, you'll occasionally be treated(?) to posts from me, but in the meantime I'll be trying to recruit guest posts from those who have more stamina, or at least, youthful zeal.
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Five semi-parting thoughts:
Dads, be around more as a role model for your son. Otherwise, he'll only have videos, video games or video-playing friends to build a hero from.
If you want him/her/it to succeed, take the video game away from your kid. Now. Or never buy him one.
Raise your kid to drink white milk; choco and strawberry varieties have two or three times the sugar and salt. They'll drink leche blanca if you teach them it's better for them. Honest.
Treat your kids to pecans, walnuts, almonds, trail mix, dried dates and other fruit. They can actually learn to love it. If you gotta do cookies, try ginger snaps and graham crackers, when they're on sale.
If you pass a teacher on the street, lift his chin up, straighten his shoulders, then remind him that if he's a good teacher, that's all he needs to be; getting a life can wait till retirement.
Anyone interested in guest blogging for Saturday, or even doing more of a contribution, E-mail me at rDOTchDOTgarciaATcyboxDOTcom