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(Lordy! I’m getting behind in my own challenges!!!)

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Sandbox Writing Challenge 2018 — Exercise 20

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What door have you closed
in your life, and why?
Will you ever open it again?

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boarded door

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I guess I would have to say I’ve closed the door to teaching. I wanted very much to be an English teacher. I was inspired by my 9th grade English teacher Mrs. Gorley. She taught me to to love words and writing.

Instead I ended up getting a full scholarship to a business college because I could take shorthand at 130 wpm. (Though I couldn’t type worth a hoot!) And since my folks didn’t have the money to contribute to a college education, I was stuck. I had no idea about grants and stuff at that point in my life, so I just made the best of it.

Obviously if I could afford it now, age and physical difficulties with the MG would not allow it. BUT! I WAS able to satisfy my curiosity about whether I would  have been a good teacher or not — to a certain extent. Some years ago in the early 90’s I was asked if I were interested in teaching kindergarten at a private school. To say I was intrigued would be an over-simplification. So I said yes. I didn’t need a degree to teach kindergarten at a private school. So I ended up teaching for for five years. And I loved it.

It was so cool to be able to teach such young kids to read — well ahead of public schools. But my favorite thing I did was teach them to handle money. Everyday they started out with $5 bonus bucks (yes, things were fake back then, too). If they misbehaved during the day they lost a buck each time. At the end of the month I would set up a school store with all kinds of junk: pencils, tablets, puzzles, books, games, erasers, pens, crayons, coloring books… They were able to “spend” all the money they had earned over the month. I would always have parent volunteers there to help, and we taught the kids how to count out money and make change. It was a sneaky way to teach them math. 😀

So that door has been closed for awhile now due to, as I said, health issues and age issues. I will never open it again. And that’s okay as my curiosity has been satisfied and my interest has waned with age. But for five years it sure was fun! 😀

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Picture Sources:
Door — www.shutterstock.com
Classroom — Responsive Classroom