Today was my last day of substitute teaching. After two longs years in this field, I hope to finally say goodbye to the job. In 40 days, I will leave for the Peace Corps. Then comes 27 months of service. When I return, I hope to make a career in the government. So, this is the end of a long, strange shift in my jobs. Substitute teaching allowed me to live the way I wanted to live. I made enough money to get by. I never took my job home with me. I could choose what days I wanted to work. It was the perfect life for a writer. Now, I am on Christmas vacation with 40 days left in the United States.
Since I worked on the blog instead of writing yesterday, today I need to focus again. A large part of me just wants to lay down, take a nap, watch a movie, and talk to Sofia. I can’t do that. Yet. That can be tomorrow’s plan. This evening has to be about writing. I will get started now. Here is another poem from 2004 for all of my readers: