it can really cheer you up. My sister asked me on Monday if I could go to school with her on Tuesday morning and fill in for one of her colleagues who usually helps her with the swim class. As a teacher, you’re not allowed to go swimming with a large group of kids on your own, but you need someone to accompany you for safety reasons. Usually it should be someone with a lifeguard license and since I have one, I was the first person she called :)
I had to get up at 6:45 a.m. (don’t know how I managed since I stayed up till 1 a.m. again the night before) and Nina picked me up at 7 a.m. She told me that her class is totally excited that I am coming! They had asked if I would come and visit them again since the summer. Some of them were not shy at all and were running towards me at once and held on to my arms and legs :) so cute!
The swim class was fun… we were in the non-swimmer pool and Nina had prepared a programm of water games. The kids had to dive for objects, we played a relay game and some game called “Waschstraße” where they were allowed to splash around :)
We took the bus back to school and had the breakfast break in the classroom together. I had brought hot tea for Nina and me and we sat among the kids and ate our sandwiches. It really reminded me of the times when we were back in elementary school sitting on these tiny chairs at these tiny tables.
After that, I took the car and made a short trip to IKEA which was pretty close by [and which is ALWAYS worth a trip :)]. Nina’s students didn’t really want to let me go and asked me when I would come back and were clinged to my arms and legs again. I promised I would be back later to pick up my sister and they didn’t let me go before I had promised that I would come into their classroom again. They even suggested that Nina could go shopping and that I could be their teacher for the day :)
I must admit, they were really cute and I liked being there and it definitely distracted me for a while, but once I again I realized that I wouldn’t want to be a teacher every day! It’s a very stressful job and you must have nerves of steel!
I cooked Thai Green Curry for lunch today… something really exotic for my parents who are experimenting cooks, but have never really tried Asian dishes before. It turned out great and my Mom loved it [my Dad has yet to try since he wasn’t home for lunch].