Well, please excuse me everyone if i don't get out and about much in blogland over the next couple of weeks - I'm feeling back into "real" life with a bit of a vengeance.
Some issues and problems whose memory I'd successfully repressed in the fog of despond that was May and June have returned to bite me in the bum - nothing life-shattering, but niggling yet necessary things to sort out in relation to the start of term and induction of new students. I must have some bad karma to have ended up in charge of this process.
I'm determined not to get submerged in the morass of scheduling, timetable clashes, reluctant and recalcitrant colleagues and room-booking balls-ups, but it will take a certain amount of resolve.
I used to work flat-out for the whole week prior to and during the week of induction and then be totally knackered before we even started teaching.
This WILL NOT happen this year.
I may, however, be a little in retreat and/or going to bed earlier than usual.
It was very bad timing, but the start of our academic year always coincides with LG's birthday. She will be 13 on Friday.
Friday will be her THIRTEENTH.
This is purely a calendar measurement - she has been emotionally, mentally and hormonally thirteen for quite some time already.
I think I have the job and the daughter of some other much older and more mature, responsible person. And the "life issues" of someone I'd never imagined I might be.
I'm reading - actually, re-reading - a book of wonderful short stories by Miranda July (whose -also wonderful- film 'Me and You and Everyone we Know' I'd recommend you see, if you haven't).
One of her characters (in the book) has a recurring dream which she loves. "That day I carried the dream around like a full glass of water, moving gracefully so I would not lose any of it."
I will be carrying memories of my summer - my holiday and many other things - carefully - gracefully, i hope, despite the bum-biting - and hopefully with not too much speed and lots of pauses to rest.
Click here for more about Miranda July and her book - please please do, it will make you laugh and you will also HAVE to buy the book.