If you haven't checked the Daily Prompt yet....
SERIOUSLY?! Paper? What the hell do I have to say about paper? I'm going to have to walk away and come back later....
Hm. Still nothing. I keep starting and stopping my timer. I'm at 4:36 to go still. Longest 24 seconds of my life.
Ok I'm back. (It's 8 Hours later)
After a quick search for all my photos containing paper, this gem popped up:
My first "real" job after college was at Gourmet Magazine. When it folded, I went back to doing what comes naturally to me: coaching gymnastics. In a roundabout way, it landed me my next salaried position at a law firm as the exec. admin to one of the founding partners. Said partner had a child enrolled in a private school for children with special needs and I finagled my way into being able to leave my desk job three times a week to teach two classes at the school.
Through gymnastics, I was able to help this small group of kids expand their social skills and have a better awareness of the mind/body connection. We built their confidence together by teaching them the cool tricks gymnastics has to offer all while building muscles they never knew they had. In turn, they not only felt incredibly able with their new skills but I also built in ways for them to have to rely on each other and work on communication and team building throughout each exercise. By the end of each semester, every child had their chance at being the teacher for a small portion of the class. I brought their parents in to be the "students" and I couldn't have been more proud of everyone's accomplishments when I saw them leading their parents in donkey kicks across the gym. Not only comfortable in being the center of attention to a group of 20+ kids and adults, but also showing compassion when the parents got it wrong - gently correcting and giving examples of how to be a gymnast.
What started off as warnings to me from other teachers - you don't want Jane Doe in your class, she's too disruptive - John Smith can't handle your class, there is too much stimulation for him - Jack Black is too this, she's too that, she bites, he has too many trigggers blah blah blah - turned into awe as they each in turn asked me what my trick was to handling the "problem" kids. The honest truth is I didn't have a trick. I went into class as blindly about these kids as they did about me, their new teacher. I treated them as regular kids, explained myself when they looked confused and slowly but surely I earned their trust. From there on out, it was easy. Use their energy in a positive way BEFORE the volcano erupts. There were some days where I had them running and jumping and rolling until their energy was exhausted and other days where it was OK to slow down and work on the social part. Just like any other human being, we have moods.
This was by far the most rewarding work I've done so far in my life, but unfortunately, my boss ended up leaving the law firm to start up a brand new practice and with him went my ability to leave my desk and still retain my salary. During our last class, one of the kids presented this petition to me. I couldn't quite explain that the reason I could no longer continue the program wasn't for political reasons, but more that I could not afford to live off of teaching only 6 hours a week. I should probably mention that while I'm an extremely qualified gymnastics coach, I have zero formal training when it comes to academics.
Hopefully one day I'll be able to get back to this program without having to worry about finances.
And I was just about to say what the fuck five minutes, when are you up? And then I realized my phone still says 4 minutes something. Great. I forgot to press GO again.
This free write was painful. I don't know where my creative flow is to just write a story or make something up! And I'm definitely tapped out for a creative selfie. Soooo......
This jar is full of all the little important pieces of paper that @nutinbutdatruth and I have collected on our journey together. Like the soap box from our first B&B weekend away together, the $5 he rolled up our first blunt we smoked together on....that kinda stuff.
@mariannewest has anyone dropped out yet? I still don't want to be the first but man, this 5 Minutes took me all day! LOL