As a direct result of a superhuman effort to get ready for my new teaching position (at the very last minute!), and after the intensity of the first three weeks of life in a second grade classroom, I found myself fighting a mean cold this week. I’d say the kids gave it to me, but I really think it came from the other teachers, all of whom seem to have it to varying degrees.
The kids were kind and sympathetic, and helped by making sure a box of tissues was close by for me. They were very sweet about listening even more carefully to instructions given in my poor, raspy voice. Monday and Tuesday after school, I came home and went to bed. That seemed to do the trick, because by Wednesday I was beginning to feel better, and my voice wasn’t so sick sounding when I did my Curriculum Night presentation to almost 27 sets of parents sitting in our small chairs.
But the best medicine of all was reading after I climbed into bed. So I finally finished The Woman in Black, by Susan Hill. It was scary enough to give me chills that weren’t related to my head cold!…and under normal circumstances, I would have read it very quickly, because it’s definitely a “can’t-put-it-down” kind of read. But due to the recent hectic pace of my life, it took me almost 2 weeks to finish it, and I really enjoyed the prolonged experience! It made the story even more suspenseful for me, I grew more attached to the main character than I might have otherwise, and it made the ending an even sadder one for me. I was anticipating a shock at the end, but not the sadness. Oh, Susan Hill…you’re wonderful! I’m so glad she has written a lot, because I’m going to start reading them all.