An LDS perspective on moving from childless to childfree living.

Monday, August 22, 2016

New School, Same Old Question

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.