The Quit Book
Okay, so I’m going to be candid. I have a ‘quit book.’ It is a little green journal that a student gave me years ago. In the last week of each semester, I set the book out in my classroom and tell the students the truth. I tell them that I love my job but that there are times when I consider running out the door. I explain that my job can be emotionally taxing and that sometimes I get frustrated with parts of the profession they don’t necessarily see. I tell them sometimes peripheral aspects of the job of teaching cloud what is really important, my students. I tell this because it is the truth. A few times a year I have a bad day and on those days, I spend my planning period reading my Quit Book. Over the years it has been filled with pictures, drawings, notes of encouragement, and some very funny jokes.
Here is one I found the other day that I have never read before.
The post-script alone is enough to make your head spin! I once was posed by this student with, “Mr. Culver, what is the meaning of life?” I think I applied correctly when I answer with, “Why does the flower grow?” It looks like she figured it out.
I read this and I remember the gravity of my chosen profession. I become aware again and again of how much good I can do in the world. I read this and I get to bed early because tomorrow, tomorrow I’m going back for more.
What messages keep you going?