All right, here's the deal:
1. Maxine dropped our camera a couple of months ago, and now it no longer works. The lens is extended, and won't go back in to the casing. Hence the lack of pictures on the Roblog.
2. Our summer vacation started last Monday, a week ago, and I am just now feeling relaxed enough to write. Seriously.
During the last week of classes I started getting a tooth ache. A real doozy. I had only recently had my upper right wisdom tooth extracted and the tooth next to it capped, but this pain was in the bottom front right. I was sure that that's where the pain originated, and it was so bad that it made my jaw hurt the first couple of days, then the whole right side of my face. The kind of pain that makes your brain go on strike.
I found that if I could lie down and relax before it hit hard, it passed quickly. I found that sometimes Tylenol helped and sometimes might as well have been nasty candy. I found that I am a wimp when it comes to taking pain, so I called my dentist (i.e. had Horyon call) and begged for an appointment.
They took some x-rays, tapped the culprit tooth, asked questions in halting English, and told me that they could find nothing wrong. Treatment? Wait and see what happens.
I figured this meant that it was all in my head. Of course, an actual toothache would be in my head as well, but this must have been me being mental. So I made a conscious decision to not be stressed.
It worked. I did not let myself raise my voice in class. I did not let myself get upset when students were obnoxious. I dropped my jaw, and found that I had been clenching. I still wonder how long I had been doing that.
Next thing I knew vacation started. I woke up last Saturday feeling like I had lost 50 pounds. I don't remember longing, hungering for a vacation like this since my days in Nepal when escaping to Thailand felt like going into orbit.
I don't think I'm cut out to be an elementary teacher.
3. We are giving Maxine an allowance of sorts, in line with a presentation Horyon attended a couple of weeks ago. We are all excited about it, especially Maxine. She is actually getting paid for doing work around the house. I think this deserves a separate post, so I'm closing this one down.