School started September 4th. Jose started a new job September 6th. We are all commuting 45 minutes (if there is no construction or traffic) to Detroit. All sense of normalcy has been tossed out the window, and we are trying to reconstruct what the new normal looks like.
I have to make a stronger committment to not letting my work life taking over my entire life. As a teacher this is a hard balance to strike. There always is something to do, plan, think about. This is compounded by the fact that our school is part of a brand new system and that system hasn't totally got their stuff together yet. And our kids come from tough places and are way behind academically.
I've never taught and parented, and it's hard. Turo has been on the iPad way more than he should. We've had dinner at places like Cotsco and Target. I made dinner one night last week and was proud of myself. I haven't worked out since the start of August (although I'm on my feet all day, so that counts for something right?).
It's hard, yet there is something that draws me to these kiddos. To the possibility of changing their educational outcomes.
Sunrise over Detroit
Dinner at Costco