Remember this post from 2009 when Frank finally decided that he wanted to be a PE teacher when he grew up? After years of indecision, Frank’s sudden spark of passion to enter into Education came as a relief to me. (I may or may not have been tapping a figurative foot of impatience for him to choose a career path, especially as Kaelyn was entering Pre-K and his years of being primarily a stay-at-home-dad were drawing to a close.) We’d spent the day with the VA Education and enrollment counselors getting Frank registered for college. Looking at his Program of Study and the long list of classes, I recall feeling like it would take forever for him to finish. Well, forever went a lot faster than I thought it would, and this past December, my Frank graduated with a B.S. of Health & Physical Education — cum laude, dammit.
Frank killed it. It was one collective moment of awe to see his confidence as a student and as a pre-service teacher grow. When I go on one of my tangents about the direction that education in the U.S. seems to be headed in, I no longer have to explain what IEP, 504, SST, RtI, or CCSS means; we speak the same language now. , Kaelyn cried and the older three puffed up their chests with pride when he walked across the stage to get his diploma. If I hadn’t been busy blinking the tears back from my own eyes, maybe I would have had the presence of mind to snap a picture of their faces. I wish Frank could have seen it, but I’m sure felt it as surely as he could feel the dean’s congratulatory handshake.
Now our impatience (both of ours) is him landing a job. Chances are slim that he’ll start teaching in the second half of this school year, but we’re hopeful in the spring, there will be a contract for him to sign to start teaching in the ’14-’15 school year.
This weekend we had Chinese for dinner. He almost never eats fortune cookies, but he cracked one open on Saturday.
2014 is looking up already. Who knows? Maybe we’ll get lucky and he won’t have to wait to start his career.
(Please, God, don’t make him wait to start his career.)