Ring Around the Rosie

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - Richel L. Sunga

An­other school year has ended and teach­ers are yet again treated with the drama and an­tics of the cul­mi­nat­ing aca­demic term. It is truly a spec­ta­cle of count­less the­atre masks, sad, happy and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

Af­ter the long months of re­minders and fol­low-ups, fi­nally the mother comes to school bring­ing with her the long-prac­ticed di­a­logues and ex­cuses just to let her child see a glimpse of hope in a not-so-bright fu­ture. Here comes the fa­ther, turn­ing red with anger for a grade he thought that his child does not de­serve.

End­less pa­per works cou­pled with hard-to-beat dead­lines make us look zom­bies in a hor­ror film. Ac­tion-packed sce­nar­ios with our boss and lead­ers make us al­ways pull the trig­ger of pa­tience and tol­er­ance. Hot, hu­mid days and a well-main­tained dress code turn us into a high-wired ro­bots in a sci-fi movie. Mis­takes in printed re­ports that make you to do it all over again is of­ten­times turned into com­edy.

But how do we make our school year a happy end­ing? Some­times par­ents be­come very ap­pre­cia­tive that they send let­ters ex­press­ing how thank­ful they are in mak­ing their child change for the bet­ter. Most of the time they just be­come quiet, but silently thank­ing us for a job well done. Boss and lead­ers com­mend­ing us for work­ing hard and mak­ing sure to fin­ish the job prop­erly and on time.

No mat­ter what kind of emo­tion we see in the of­fice be­fore the school year ends, we, teach­ers should al­ways keep our cool and be pro­fes­sional. Most of all, what makes us go to school ev­ery sin­gle day de­spite of all of these cir­cum­stances is the af­fec­tion and fond­ness that we re­ceive from friends, co-teach­ers and col­leagues which is most of the time bet­ter than a love story. Fi­nally, va­ca­tion ends, an­other school year starts again and we keep ring­ing around the rosie.

--oo0oo-The au­thor is Teacher I at Pam­panga High School

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