Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Time to Make a Difference

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein

Some changes since my last post, I got a new job.  I am working at the Jr High that my kids attended so many years ago.  I am the 'mean' ISS lady (In School Suspension) I get to meet all the kids that are tardy and sluff and disrupt class.  Instead of being sent to the office they are sent to the 'dreaded room 5' believe me they all know what room 5 is:)

I broke up my first fight in the halls today between a couple boys... don't worry they were smaller then me (I'm a big chicken)

You would think it would be a crummy job, but I like it.  Not because I enjoy being mean cause I'm not mean.  I enjoy talking to these kids, none of them are bad, mostly just lost.  It's really the parents that need to have detention!  Most of the time these kids  just need an advocate.

I see how easily these kids could fall through the cracks, happy to say the school I am working for has one of the best Principal's I've seen in a long time, and he really tries to keep this from happening.

One of my sons came to me through a different mom, he could have just as easily been one of these kids, that at the ripe old age of 13/14 have lost all hope for anything better:(

Maybe this makes me a little softer on these kids, maybe it makes me a little tougher on them too.
My son just needed to know there was someone out there who gave a damn, and cared about his day and his school work and if he had lunch money, and some friends to talk to.

 I know I can't adopt them all but I sure can try and make the time they spend at school a better place, let them know I 'see' them, I 'hear' them, and I believe in them.

My son, that had been counted out, graduated from high school, attended college, excels at his job, just bought his first home with his beautiful wife, and is having his first baby this fall.  He is a great example of what can happen if someone shows they care.

So onward and upward!


  1. Missy, you are a great example to everyone of someone who cares. I'm sure you have made a difference in more people's lives than you are even aware of - and will continue to do so in this new job. I think you're a fish/monkey/elephant/seal. You seem to excel in everything you put your mind to, and I know you will here too. Just don't overstress yourself!! :)

  2. p.s. I talked to Chris on Skype today and he said we should call these kids "Missy's Misfits" and that you should watch the movie "Freedom Writers" with Hilary Swank.
    p.p.s. I promise I'm not obsessed with your blog or stalking you. . .

    1. Thanks for the kind words:) I like Chris's title, haha, made me smile.
      I have see the movie Freedom Writers, loved it!

      p.s you can stalk me anytime :)

      love ya!