Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Next Great Adventure

One of my favourite books in the entire world is Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women"...it's such a classic story, full of all the good things I look for in a book. Each time I read it I find something new that I hadn't thought about before, or that I had somehow missed. As I get older I start to look at the characters in different ways, and this is exciting too. I love the section of chapter 13 where Jo March asks her sisters "Wouldn't it be fun if all the castles in the air which we make could come true and we could live in them?" She is talking about dreams. We build up these dreams and goals for ourselves, many of which are so clearly out of reach, but fun to think about. Others are entirely attainable. Castles in the Air do not have to be impossible to reach!

One of my big castles is becoming a reality. I have my first real honest-to-goodness-actually-making-money teaching job! Not only that, but I am fortunate enough to be teaching grades one and two, which is my favourite group. I will be in Port Hardy, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, working with people I like in a system with which I am familiar.

A few years ago, upon returning home from teaching Kindergarten in Saipan, CNMI, I was heard to say that I would NEVER live on an island again. It was too nerve-wracking and confining. I'd like to amend that statement now! I don't know that I could handle another teeny tiny island, but this is entirely different. Call it my prerogative to change my mind, call it a change in priorities, call it whatever you'd like, but I'm off to another island.

I look forward to sharing my adventures...and misadventures...with you!


Mai said...

Congrats on your new job! You'll be faced with challenges and difficult situations, but I know that you'll also be rewarded beyond measure - that's just the nature of teaching! Since I won't be teaching this year, I'm looking forward to reading your blog and living vicariously through you as you share the highs and lows of your school year. All the best as you embark on this new adventure!

rachiezate said...

I'm looking forward to hearing about your adventures!!!!!!!!

Auntie Shankshuary said...

Miss Shannon,

I will be reading your blog faithfully, and enjoying it immensely. Wishing you only the best! xo

Sean said...

Best of luck, Shannon! I know you'll do well.