Chai And A Chat #127 #ChaiAndAChat

I’ve got to be honest, this last week felt like it was at least seventeen days long. Anyone else felt that?

Right, get your cuppa, and let’s have a catch up!

  • If we were having chai I’d start with school, as always. So, we had the Ed Psych in to see that student of mine. Even she waas left, at the end of an hour saying she was confused, and that she could see we were all on edge. We monitored him, but also wanted to see his behaviours fully, and she did. Not listening, doing what he wanted, and even going to throw a chair at one point. Children were moved for their safety. The report had me fuming, though, as even though she understood our frustrations, in it she made out as if we hadn’t even tried to do anything to stop him! Honestly, woman, if I wasn’t going to risk damaging the rest of the precious little minds in front of me, I could have directed all my attention to him, but after they had already experienced a pretty traumatic first week back, I needed to make sure they were safe and happy, as well as that one student. Breathe, Ritu. One of my part time team members has offered to come in every day, even the days she doesn’t work, so he can have a constant face as his person, for a while, to try and coax him back to the classroom, the way he was handling school life before the lockdown. Fingers crossed!
  • If we were having chai I’d have to admit that this last week, as I mentioned above, feels like it’s been never ending. Every morning I woke up convinced that we were at least a day further along than we actually were, and when reality sank in, it was rather depressing. The class have been fantastic, in general, but there are some who are becoming increasingly hard work… a mixture of SEN issues and the cumulative effects of lockdown, I guess, but whatever it is, I am exhausted, and have, for the first time in my teachign career, been counting the days to the Easter break, not just because I need a break, but because I need a break from the kids. That isn’t a fun feeling, I’m telling you, because I love my class to bits, but I do feel overwhelmed. Still, a nice little present I got in the post, cheered me up!
  • If we were having chai I’d remind you that it was Comic Relief on Friday. I was unable to get an official Red Nose this year, but, to be honest, a Red nose Mask would have been more appropriate! We all wore red to school, and donated money to a great cause. And one of the best parts of the day, was receiving a present from a parent… See below! I only had one, I promise!
  • If we were having chai I’d add in that seeing as I am on my healthy living mission, I was relieved to know that, despite my HUGE Mother’s Day meal, and the nibbling that comes from exhaustion, I still managed to lose a teeny bit of weight this week, and I exercised every day, be it following a video or going for a walk! Yay, me! And on Saturday, despite being shattered, I was challenged to a 20k steps in a day challenge by a friend, so I took it up! And I did it! Actually, I hit 25K in the end, and even though I was shattered, I was so proud of myself! I didn’t win, one of the others topped 30k, but I was second, and I was more than happy with that!
  • If we were having chai I’d say that I also got my second Pfizer shot, too! If you read my Spidey post, yesterday, you’d know that our staff at school were honoured to have been offered the shots, earlier this year, but because of the possibility of clashing opinions as to whether I should have had it, I hadn’t made it public. But now, I have. And I am, so far, okay, with regards to the side effects, but the last time it was two days before the headache from hell kicked in, so there is still time… but, then again, there is still time for me to feel no side effects, too. (Here’s hoping!)
  • If we were having chai I’d say, quietly, that house stuff is moving along very positively, too, and I hope to be able to give good news, soon… but not yet!
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that the kids have started doing their home tests now, so that is three of us, testing on a regular basis. What fun. At least we know that we are safe! And Hubby barely goes out, so if we are okay, it is almost safe to assume he is, too!
  • If we were having chai I’d leave you with our darling Sonu Singh. He’s been keeping me company most nights, in my exhausted state, snoozing as I snooze, too!
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This week, I will be pretty much the same as last week, with more school based issues to deal with, as well as trying to stick to my healthy lifestyle. Again, not much energy for anything else! It’ll be the last full week at school before the Easter holidays. The last week of term is 3.5 days!

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39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. niasunset
    Mar 26, 2021 @ 08:07:43

    Praying for you and for all of you there dear Ritu, not an easy days, I am sending my love and my positive energy, Thank you, Love, nia

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  2. Jennie
    Mar 25, 2021 @ 11:10:24

    Of course you’re exhausted! Easing back in is emotionally draining for everyone, and one child can…well, you know. You have been vaccinated, spring is around the corner, and children are back in the classroom. There is hope ahead!

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  3. robertawrites235681907
    Mar 24, 2021 @ 15:48:44

    Easter is around the corner, Ritu, so hang in there.

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  4. willowdot21
    Mar 23, 2021 @ 12:38:19

    Another busy week for you Sis, the section on school reminds me of when I worked at Barnardo’s we had lots of children with similar problems. Having consistency in staff always helps a great deal. Well done on you for having the Jab, both jabs I will have my second middle May, hubby end of April.
    Keep well and happy all of you 💜💜

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  5. Rae Longest
    Mar 23, 2021 @ 00:38:14

    I can’t believe it’s Monday again, but here you are with your Chai ready for a chat.
    What a difficult student! Do you have a abnormal/behaviors class? Maybe he needs to be segregated.
    Wish I had had a room mother/parent-friend who brought brownies back in the 6th grade days. Before the lockdown, I did all the baking for my students at the university. Our class begins at 1:00, and many come straight from work with no lunch, on top of which, some had no time for breakfast. Usually I’d serve chips and quest, or chili, or baked goods like cookies, and they’d fill up on them. They learn better on full stomachs.
    We got our second shot–and FINALLY the reaction is over. We still suffer from lack of energy and shortness of breath, but that may just be our age. LOL
    Have a good week ahead, dear.

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  6. Keith
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 22:00:26

    Ritu, I may have had two of those cupcakes or at least 1 1/2. You showed great will power. Keith

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    • Ritu
      Mar 22, 2021 @ 22:28:07

      I was quite impressed with myself, Keith! To be honest, I love chocolate, but not a fan of choc flavoured things like choc brownies and milkshake, so it wasn’t too hard to resist. But they were delicious!

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  7. OIKOS™-Editorial
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 21:15:55

    I am so sorry for you that these unfortunate circumstances have finally hit a student. That is not nice, but how could a teacher look after a student when there are thirty in the class. Congratulations again, on the vaccination. If this continues here then I’ll go to the UK to get a vaccination. Lol The cakes are sweet. 😉 You really only had one? 🙂 Good to see another picture of Sonu. He already calms down, when you see him in the picture. So: Let’s start the new week, and please don’t stress yourself too much! Michael

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  8. Erika
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 20:32:49

    So glad you made it to get the vaccine. From tomorrow on we can register to get ours… yay! At least another little step closer.

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  9. johnrieber
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 16:20:00

    Wow…so much going on, and not all of it good at all…you and alll Educators deserve so much credit for all that you do, especially when some parents don’t seem to do any “parenting” on their own…

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  10. Athira
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 15:37:31

    🙂

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  11. Rebecca Moon Ruark
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 13:48:44

    Glad you’re on the way to being fully vaccinated–and that you’ve been able to get in your exercise too, Ritu. I’m impressed, that’s always the first thing that falls off my to-do list, though I do love to walk! You’ll make it through all this mess, and as for the kiddos, I don’t know about teaching little ones, but I’m told they’re resilient (at least I hope so!). You got this!

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    • Ritu
      Mar 22, 2021 @ 17:13:47

      They’re resilient, Rebecca, but the issues arise when age old policy isn’t altered to fit the needs of children who have been through so much.
      I’m trying very hard to get the exercise in!

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  12. pranabaxom
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 05:53:33

    Hang on there Ritu. This phase shall pass too.
    I had my both doses of Pfizer, the second dose a week ago. No side effects at all from both the doses.
    Unfortunately may betterhalf and my son who is home don’t even know when they will have theirs.
    Meanwhile life goes on.

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    • Ritu
      Mar 22, 2021 @ 06:22:25

      It’s like a lottery in some places, Pranab!
      I’m glad you didn’t have any side effects!
      I’ve woken up this morning, with just an ache arm. 🤞🏼 nothing else happens!

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  13. Athira
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 05:43:59

    Nice Ritu..especially brownies

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  14. SensiSpirit
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 05:04:58

    ♥️

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