I spent from May 2015 to April 2016 working on a campaign for president of my union, only to lose 47-53%. After applying for a couple of district level jobs, I accepted a transfer to a different elementary school teaching sixth grade. I know the principal, secretary, and two teachers at this school.
I know I needed a change, but this has been harder than I expected. We had three days of training last week. I quietly pointed out a spelling error on a handout to the person who presented that section (which I would have wanted from someone if that had been me), and she sent me a lengthy email that she was offended. Then, every time I sat by someone new I was asked, "So how many kids do you have?" This transition has been hard, because I don't know these people, and they don't know me.
The first time I was asked, I explained that we didn't have children and some of what we went through. The second time, I just said we were never able to have any. The third time, I said I hadn't seen my class list yet, so I didn't know. The follow up question then was, "No, your own children." I responded with, "None."
I really just needed to get this frustration down in writing. Nothing can be done. I know relationships are important in all areas of life. I just didn't think that I would have to answer that same old question so many times in three days.