The Second Wall (D-Day)
The dedication of students to delay, decry, disrupt, demand, disengage, dick-around and deliberately dissemble draws on a deep deposit of determination.
My drive and desire to debate, describe, direct, dissuade, distract, differentiate and dangle inducements is definitely dangerously diminished.
Is that enough with the Ds?
Mos def. (Just stop.)
The Second Wall: I’ve hit it. You might be wondering what The First Wall was. That’s a fair question. I wrote about The First Wall here back in November. I was curious, so I reread it. As it turns out, these two walls are remarkably similar. But The Second Wall has an added feature: Six months’ degradation of teachers’ mental and emotional states.
We’ve become weaker.
But what happens to the students? They are energized by this. Almost organized. I am convinced that there is a direct, yet undetected, transference of energy from us to them. And it goes on like this for quite some time yet. In a month from now we’ll be dressing even worse, looking all sallow, talking to ourselves, and just trying to keep from going to graduate school again or drinking ourselves into a coma. It’s about survival in April and May. Make no mistake.
You can tell me that “We’re more than halfway through” or “Spring is right around the corner” and crap like that until I punch you in the stomach. But the bottom line is that, depending on where you are, we’ve got 3 or 4 more months of this. And it’s not going to get better until the last few weeks when nobody gives a shit and it all just falls apart. This is truly an awesome time, but still far away.
Man up. Stay loose. Don’t forget the coffee and beer.
Addendum: Thanks so much to everybody for the birthday wishes on facebook. I really don’t know what to say. You da best.