Archive for February 7th, 2015

A swiftly tilting planet

This was a weird week, too.  Stubb was out of town with his parents, accompanying them to some medical specialist visits for his mom, who has been poorly.  My mom, for whose generally robust health I am very thankful, had a long-planned knee surgery, for which I took two sick days.  (I thought I’d get a lot of work done while sitting waiting for her surgery to be over and in her room afterwards while she dozed, but it didn’t turn out that way.  I got about another hundred pages into one of the books the eleventh-grade teachers want to adopt for next year, and that’s it.  Meanwhile, two of my classes took a test while I was gone, and two took a quiz, so there are sixty-ish new pieces of grading waiting for me on Monday.)

The Snork Maiden had rehearsals and a doctor’s appointment and thought she flunked a chemistry test (but didn’t), and I haven’t seen her all weekend because she’s working on a friend’s senior film.  Stubb has a show tonight and is probably going to pick her up afterwards–they’re supposed to wrap by midnight.  Although the Snork Maiden isn’t driving yet, she is starting to make more independent plans, which is partly facilitated by her spending time with students old enough to drive other students.  Also, while she doesn’t have Uber herself, she has sometimes caught rides with other students using Uber. She has also occasionally taken public transportation on her own, although it doesn’t always reach quite as far as she needs to go.

The big news of the week is that the GGE, who has been serving as the interim head of school this year, has announced that he will be leaving SA in June.  Introducing him in this post, I referred to his “considerable school-running responsibilities,” and in the last couple of years those responsibilities have only grown.  (That post, by the way, introduces the teachers whom I now refer to as Dinah and Orsino, back when we hired Dinah instead of Orsino–but then hired Orsino the following year.)  We have a new head beginning this summer, someone I think will be very effective, and it’s probably a healthy thing that the GGE will move on, but emotionally, I think this one will be tough for a lot of us.  It sure is for me.

So there’s a lot of change in the air right now: parents’ health, teenager’s independence, and leadership changes at school. Fortunately, tomorrow brings a nice, concrete to-do list: making a pot of chili for my mom to have in the house when she gets home from the hospital, picking up my aunt at the airport (she’s coming to help out while mom recuperates), grading, prepping, writing, exercising, returning library books, paying bills, writing a summer-institute recommendation for Dinah, answering some emails I didn’t bother with while away from campus. In other words, too much to do to think very much about other things.