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May 10 2011

Suffering, Hope & Accomplishment

“We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants – a nation that welcomes those willing to embrace America’s precepts. It doesn’t matter where you come from. What matters is that you believe in the ideals on which we were founded, that you believe all of us are equal,” he said. “In embracing America, you can become American. That is what makes this country great.” ~ President Obama

My graduating seniors, most of which take my Algebra 2 class, are stressed about college. They don’t know how to pay for it, as some of them are undocumented. They have lived in this country since early childhood, and want to become a citizen. They speak English very well, will have a diploma very soon, and are really great people. I want them to have the opportunity to make a great life for themselves here. I hope the DreamAct has another chance. I hope immigration reform happens soon!

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My life – I am soooo tired! I can barely think or even get all the things done that are on my plate. I have photos to edit-print-mail, papers to write for class (UCLA), assignments to complete (for UCLA), tests to grade, future lessons to plan, files to organize (at home and at school/work), an apartment to organize, clothes to put away, a car to wash, a cold to get over, bills to pay, accounts to close, groceries to shop for, weddings to officiate and photograph, events to attend, students to tutor, nails to fill, legs to wax, shows to catch up on, people to keep in touch with, food to cook / eat, and find time to sleep. All of this has a deadline of about a week (or less). This may sound like a lot, but it’s a much easier week than the last two weeks have been!

Much of my life right now is good, even though time is not my own. I have a great boyfriend, adorable cats who are doing well, a newly married sister, a happy family (back on the East Coast), a terrific apartment, the ability to offer a friend a couch to sleep on, a great job (and a contract for my job next year), great friends, a pretty purple car, money enough to pay bills, more cake than I know what to do with, and a very comfy bed to sleep in each night.

I feel good about where my life is going, but I am more than tired out from the run to the finish line of each challenge along the way. I am looking forward to a few weeks off this summer (I think I get 5 or 6 weeks), Comic-Con in July, Lake Tahoe with Kyle in July, Kurt’s wedding in Chicago in September, hopefully a visit to NJ for Thanksgiving, and hopefully a trip to SoFL in December. I look forward to finishing my preliminary teaching credential this summer and clearing my credential next spring or summer. I look forward to sleep..

More than anything today, I want sleep!