Yes, I am no different from anyone else,I need to earn money to take care of my every day necessities. My ultimate job was teaching in a school. I got enough certificates to fulfill my ambition to teach. Once I got the required education, I applied for a job in a local school. As luck would have it I got the job I wanted. I left my first job to see what was available in the big city. There were plenty, I chose the one which had living quarters.
The school was charming for a woman like me,I lived on the premises which meant no extra expense for travelling. It was hardly a week when I realized this was not what I aimed for. I felt the walls of the school closing in on me. I was expected to teach and work after hours taking care of the kids in the dormitory. When I objected the principal said,
“it’s nothing only your presence is enough.”
I consoled myself by thinking, if my being there would solve any problems, why not, in return I had a room and a bathroom and the food was free. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? I was an inexperienced twenty three year old trying to make a living. It didn’t take me long to face what this free this and that meant.
It meant leaving my bed at 5 a.m to see the seventy five boys ranging from five to twelve were up on time, got themselves ready. Sure I didn’t have to dress them up or help them with tooth paste and brush or whatever else was needed to get ready. But I had to get them lined up to walk to the dining room for breakfast.
Next they were lined up to go to their respective classes at seven a.m., school was over at 2 p.m. . Then it was the drudgery of making sure they had their shower before lunch. Kids and water well that was something else I knew can be troublesome. The shower would be on and the boys would slide on the water that reached the verandah from the bathroom.
One day I was exhausted I felt the need to rest. The boys were taking a shower as usual the water flooded the verandah,why wouldn’t it the showers were turned on full blast.Well my absence for those few minutes gave the kids ammunition to go wild which they did. Two of them bumped into each other while sliding, one broke two front permanent teeth. The other one was fine. The principal was informed, he came running. I was summoned from my room. I came out I was calm and I already decided if he tries to get angry with me,I’d quit the job on the spot.
So the interrogation began, “Where were you?”
I replied, “I was in my room taking a break.”
“Do you know what happened?”
“Yes I do.” I was rebellious. What can he do, I told myself ,he can fire me and boy am I ready to quit this horrible job.
The principal realized by my behavior that I didn’t really care if I lost my job, he calmed down and after showing his anger with the other members of the staff, he left.
I learned from that incidence, all I needed to be was firm . I was hired to teach,which I was performing without any problems. I knew I could get plenty of jobs teaching,my record was clean, all I had to do was make it known I was no pushover!
Little Nelson taking a break!