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So, having decided to change the world, I even talked to a real publisher today ;) but it's just talk *g*

And we had our Bazaar review meeting tonight. It began at half past seven and only just finished after ten-thirty. I stayed to help my arch enemy, no really, we just clash a little, to lock up the church. And there is something magical about being in a darkened church, slipping down the aisle in the dark to the lighted sacristy. The light switches for the church are at the back, and the exit after you lock up is down the front, through the sacristy. So you have to go ahead, open up the sacristy, put on a light, go back and turn off the church lights, then slip through the silent and heavy darkness of the empty church. I love doing that. It's something different. Something all the others miss out on because they just think, hey, meeting's over, I can go home, and none of them stop to think, well duh, how does the church get locked up? *shrug* I guess we all have our ways of doing things, our ways of caring... or not caring! No, I don't think any of those people would have been at that meeting if they didn't care, for sure.

And that's a nice thing, being surrounded all day today by people who care so much. I got the nicest e-mails today, even exchanged one with my friend, Phil, over there in Indiana or whatever, and my friend Andrea for whom I have to write a reference - OMG I had better do that. She really needs this job, it'd be perfect for her. And a friend brought lunch round, that was nice too.

I went in to my old school today, to tune up the guitar. It was hard, there are just so few children there. I got plenty of hugs though, that was nice. And I scored a little bunch of flowers picked from the side of the road. Not sure who was supposed to get them but my little friend decided they were for me! And I ran into one of the dope-head mothers down the road, who had several children at the school last year but took them out to go to the school down the road. She was hoping to use the neighbour's phone to sort out her bills. And she had no idea that the principal had resigned.
'I see her spending more time down at the other school,' she told me.
I managed to not roll my eyes. 'That's because she works there now. She left our school.'
'Oh.' It was indicative of how little the families know about what is going on in the school. I bet most of them use the newsletter to write their gin rummy scores on. And I'm not kidding.

But it was a good day. I cleaned the whole kitchen, and vacuummed the hall. I had a brainwave for Breathing Space so I'm off on a roll again. Might not even need the other guys after all. I'll save them for the sequel for Safe... OMG I can't wait to write that!!!! Honestly, there is just so much fun to be had in the world, so much to share! Bring it on!

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vivh
Mar. 5th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
So what is your ex-principal doing at the school down the road, just teaching or is she back in a management role again? The uninformedness of the school community doesn't surprise me at all sadly...

Glad you had a good day, brainwave for Breathing Space, yay! Safe2 - I'm waiting! *g*
natesmountain
Mar. 5th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
-what is your ex-principal doing at the school down the road,
The boss down there is her best bud, and I think she is 'doing something with resources' - I can imagine the bad press we're getting in the staffroom LOL!

-brainwave for Breathing Space, yay! Safe2 - I'm waiting! *g*
woot, it's so exciting, what lies ahead that isn't even known yet!
vivh
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
Thank goodness for that, for a moment there I thought the ex might have managed to land herself in a position where she could damage another school community.... but "resources" sounds pretty safe!!!
natesmountain
Mar. 6th, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)
Thing is though, who is going to stop her getting another job? Is there any paperwork out there saying, 'breakdown, unstable' that sort of thing? Or do we just let her forge ahead into another job and see what comes of it? I feel sorry for the education system sometimes, and I even feel sorry for her!

vivh
Mar. 6th, 2007 08:57 am (UTC)
Yes it's a scary thought but I suspect there is nothing to stop her being a principal somewhere else in a year or two, especially when there is a chronic shortage of people willing to take principal jobs...we can only hope that she realises that this would not be a good idea... what chance of that? - sigh!
moth2fic
Mar. 5th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
That last paragraph says it all! You are settling into your new lifestyle and it's working for you! Great!
natesmountain
Mar. 5th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
-You are settling into your new lifestyle
Yep! I like it!
And a friend phoned last night and said she gave me really good press at her college yesterday and they said they might use me for relieving a few days next week. That means some occasional cash too *g* - that's the only school I've sent my CV off to so far.

So so far, things are going fine! *touches wood*
moth2fic
Mar. 6th, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)
That should work well - a different school, occasional cash and a link to teaching until you want to return. Just don't feel sorry for them and start offering or agreeing to long periods of work! Remember - somebody else really needs that and you don't!! Last time I turned down a whole term's 'cover' the woman who did it was newly qualified and unable to find a job near home till that was advertised - and if I'd accepted they wouldn't even have advertised it. So she got work and experience and I got free time (and they still used me for odd days)! *bg*
natesmountain
Mar. 6th, 2007 10:07 am (UTC)
-Just don't feel sorry for them and start offering or agreeing to long periods of work!
Good point. It would be so easy to walk in and think I can solve their problems LOL!

And I have writing to do, huh *g*
greenpizzazz6
Mar. 6th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
You sound happy. That's good!

And there is something magical about being in a darkened church
Creeps me out. I hate being at the church after dark by myself. Sometimes even during the day I get a little antsy!

It was indicative of how little the families know about what is going on in the school
It makes me sad how little some people care about their kids. It's just not right.
natesmountain
Mar. 6th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
-You sound happy. That's good!
I just have to be, doing this life just now! The things that drive me crazy, I'm ignoring at the moment.

-Creeps me out. I hate being at the church after dark by myself. Sometimes even during the day I get a little antsy!
Yeah? Really? That's a shame. We always have the little red light on the tabernacle though, reminding us we're not really alone at all!
Yikes, that sounds a bit holy, huh.

vivh
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
Just for the record, I really like being alone in dark churches too!
natesmountain
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
*g*

Love that icon!
greenpizzazz6
Mar. 7th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
We always have the little red light on the tabernacle though, reminding us we're not really alone at all!
We do too, but it still creeps me out. There's been occurences at our church though, a couple of break-ins and things like that. Plus, our church is said to be incredibly haunted because of a school bombing right by it. The wounded children were actually brought into our church. Now, I don't really believe that ghost stuff, but it still gets to me when I'm there by myself!
natesmountain
Mar. 7th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
That does sound kind of spooky. A school bombing sounds terrible!
The school where I was working was runoured to be haunted. The caretaker had workers who said they wouldn't work there alone, found it too creepy, and a couple of times when I was there by myself, I could have sworn I heard people coming down the corridor and I'd go out to check, and everyone else had the same sort of story.
greenpizzazz6
Mar. 7th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
That's the same way it is at the church. There are grown men who won't go there alone. Plus, people are always saying they hear things upstairs, or see things in the church or the nearby park. If you ever have the chance, go here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_Disaster
to read about the bombing.
natesmountain
Mar. 7th, 2007 09:11 am (UTC)
/reads link/ OMG that was horrific. I can see how easily the 'haunted' feeling could build up, all those children taken so long before their time, and so many siblings, it must have been such a tragedy.
greenpizzazz6
Mar. 7th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Yup, it was awful. I can't even imagine living through that disaster.
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