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World Youth Day...

Hey, team. I had the most busy day. We have over one hundred girls who have agreed to come on a pilgrimage tomorrow morning. It involves carrying this huge cross that Pope John Paul II gifted to the youth of the world back in 1984 (wow, just about when I was a youth!). It's been carried by young people ever since, and since World Youth Day is in Sydney next year, the cross has come here before it tours Australia in July. I get to be the organiser of our girls, so today was a mad day of me addressing the girls (and showing the video), checking permission forms, all that stuff, mostly rushing around from one thing to another.

http://www.wyd.org.nz/dox/JCI/JCI%20Schedule%20for%20Wellington%20Archdiocese.pdf

Now I'm home. The family seems to be in disarray tonight so I have to play peacemaker between everyone. I always have to do that. I've cooked dinner. Then I'll plan my lessons for tomorrow, since I am out with The Cross LOL! It seems surreal to be on a pilgrimage with a cross, kind of bizarre but beautiful, I guess. I do hope it's a meaningful journey. I think it'll be moving.

Thing is though, while I was meeting with the Principal about the venture tomorrow, I took the plunge and said that I really liked working in the school, and she said they love having me. They like my passion and enthusiasm! I then said I'm not sure if I can cope completely with the job. She said did I need Mondays off? I said it's hard to be out of the classroom, there is so much to do when you get back, but I could do with every second Thursday. She said FINE! And to take more if I need it. I explained about the iron thing and she said she has the same sort of problem! So we can be weary allies!

So. A day off every fortnight. More if I need it. Sounds better, huh. I'm going to call it my writing day - working from home! I feel better already. Thanks for all your support, too, guys, I appreciate it.

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vivh
Jun. 18th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
I hope carrying the cross will be a great and moving experience for you all.

That's good news about the job and great that the principal is so keen to have you that she is prepared to be flexible and work around your needs too!
natesmountain
Jun. 18th, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)
-I hope carrying the cross will be a great and moving experience for you all.
Thanks. For some girls, it might be the holiest or most moving thing they do this year... or ever *g* so I really hope some of them get something out of it.

- great that the principal is so keen to have you that she is prepared to be flexible and work around your needs too!
It's amazing, huh!!! How nice is that? I'm so lucky. I do like the job though. The principal works in my room sometimes, and she likes all the artwork and info we have up on the walls now. Before, the previous DRS had nothing but Caritas posters. and it looks like she never changed them. And that's fine, but not very stimulating, in my opinion.
vivh
Jun. 18th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
Carrying the cross is an experience they will remember, some of them forever....

You are obviously giving so much to the girls and the staff in this job, lovely to find yourself in a satisfying and fulfilling place after all your struggles at work last year!
natesmountain
Jun. 18th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
- lovely to find yourself in a satisfying and fulfilling place after all your struggles at work last year!
Yeah, it's pretty amazing. I think, to me, this job has so much real meaning - it's teaching but making good at the same time. Helping girls to understand the world better, history and future, care of people and the planet, dignity and respect, with God involved as an added bonus!!
vivh
Jun. 18th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
And because you really believe in what you are teaching them, and it is real and meaningful to you, it will be so for many of them too... that is what education is really about, sharing the things we have found and learned which are important and meaningful to us with other people...
natesmountain
Jun. 18th, 2007 09:46 am (UTC)
-And because you really believe in what you are teaching them, and it is real and meaningful to you, it will be so for many of them too
That's such a cool thought. And it's not like I ram religion down their throats, it's just there, and it has some meaning, and some dignity if they choose to embrace that, and I can even fend off some of the distress because of the rampaging male domination that occurs within church hierarchy *g*
moth2fic
Jun. 18th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
Your Principal sounds very caring and sensible. Maybe once you get 'settled' you will be able to plan for a 'writing day' every week - with particular plans all arranged so that you don't return to chaos? I suspect that would be the best long term option.

Meanwhile, I'm so glad you are feeling happy and excited. That is bound to transmit itself to the girls! Take care of yourself - you can't afford to let the tiredness spoil it!
natesmountain
Jun. 18th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
-Your Principal sounds very caring and sensible
She sure is. A consummate professional and a loving person as well! A day a week would be great but I just can't be a professional myself and not be there for my classes, not just now.
-Meanwhile, I'm so glad you are feeling happy and excited. That is bound to transmit itself to the girls!
Yeah, it's nice to feel a buzz. I guess if I didn't find a buzz, how would I carry on, huh. I need that kind of thing.

And yeah, yeah, I'll take care of myself! I hope you are taking care over there!
greenpizzazz6
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
Hooray! I'm glad you're taking that day off, I think that will really help.

The cross pilgrimage sounds really interesting. I haven't heard of it before. It's impressive that all those girls want to participate.
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