Last night, my spouse and I took my mother in law to the wake of her son's wife's mother. (Now that is a mouthful, and I wish there was a word in English for that relationship. If there is, I don't know the word.) The funeral home was packed - it's a large family and the deceased and her husband had many, many friends in the area.
At the end of the receiving line, after the deceased's husband, my brother in law, his wife and her sister and brother and their spouses, were the nieces and nephews. I don't see them much, and so was pleased to find that one of them (in her 20's) started, this past September, as a teacher at the local high school.
A freshly minted teacher. I think she will be an excellent one.
But (and, of course, we didn't tell her this) I hope she survives what is becoming an increasingly rocky profession.
I have two cousins who work in the New York City school system. One is a special ed teacher, one is a school psychologist. My late best friend from childhood was an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn for many years. Another cousin was a speech therapist in New York City schools. A cousin of my spouse's is a retired elementary school teacher and another of his cousins is a high school French teacher in Florida. For some reason, the teaching talent escaped me, although my mother had high hopes for me becoming a teacher before she passed away way too young.
But, I've heard too many of their stories, especially from the ones who retired.
In the days when my best friend taught, teaching started out as a high calling. Now, I'm not sure what it is. I know I count teachers as among the readers of my blog, and I could let them speak for themselves, if any of them cared to. I am not a teacher and am not qualified to blog about that profession, except as the mother of someone who was educated by the public school system.
I hope my niece in law (again, wish there was a name for that) experiences what teaching should be like - it can be rewarding and should be. Her hopes are high.
I hope she is not disappointed.