Choose between job, work
WHAT is work anyway?
As well as my personal and club Facebook pages, I also belong to a Facebook page for teachers and relief teachers.
As December drew near and the end of the school year loomed enticingly behind report cards and cleaning up, it was interesting to note the split in the participants.
Those who were permanent teachers put up posts like, “Yee Ha! Only two more Mondays!” and “Woo hoo! Nine more sleeps until I can keep on sleeping!”
The relief teachers seemed to be posting things that conveyed a quite different message. Posts like, “Oh dear. Only eight more days of work” and “Five more days. I am starting to panic about how I am going to manage for six weeks without work.”
Someone once said that being unemployed was like being on holidays – without holiday pay.
I suppose I am lucky because I never considered teaching as “work”. I liked what I did.
For me, school holidays were not so much a chance to sleep in, as a chance to do jobs around the school that could not be done while children were there.
Grass is much easier to grow when there are no little feet running over it.
When we were children, we worked alongside our parents.
Interestingly, our parents did not consider things like digging out bore drains, pulling Noogoora burr and marking lambs as “work”. They were “what we did”.
Our parents also really loved the cattle, the sheep and the horses, as well as the usual range of work dogs.
While the days may have been long, our parents never once complained about the dust and the heat and the flies. Our financial situation was determined more by market fluctuations than the amount of hours we put in.
Dad did not believe in working before breakfast. Someone once said to me, “Gosh, you must have early breakfast if you are milking cows, feeding horses and other animals in the morning.”
“Au contraire,” I replied. “That’s not work. Those things are just jobs.”
Someone said that being unemployed was like being on holidays. I suppose that I am lucky because I never considered teaching as ‘work’