One of the occupational hazards of teaching is germs. I am constantly surrounded by germs. In fact, something so nasty is going around my classroom that I had 6 students absent on Tuesday. While this was pretty wonderful for the sake of quiet, focus, and my ability to teach, it was also downright horrible because I got sick too.
Even though I still do not feel great, I’m past that absolutely terrifying point where you feel like you’re going to die. Seriously, my head and neck hurt so much that I was busy googling Meningitis.
Thankfully, it feels like the worst is over and I’m ready to drag my tired little body back to school tomorrow.
The only upside of being sick?
The honest to goodness excuse to do nothing productive. I did not clean, I did not cook, I did not work, I just sat on my butt. Generally, I find the need to do six productive things at once, so this little mental break was nice, even if it was excruciating to speak or move.
Among my more entertaining discoveries while sequestered to the couch was the documentary The Hollywood Complex, streamable on Netflix. It chronicles families that move their children to an apartment complex in Hollywood that caters to parents hoping their children will become big stars. The complex even touts famous alumni like Zac Efron and Hilary Duff, (speaking of which, Hilary’s now a mom, what the heck?!).
Don’t get me wrong– this is cheap entertainment, verging on trashy even, and definitely an interesting commentary on our societal obsession with celebrity. However, for anyone like me that harbored childhood dreams of stardom, it is highly amusing! As a teacher, it also made me wince at the education these kids are receiving. One scene at a private school for child actors actually made me feel like an amazing teacher by comparison.
At any rate, sick or not, if you’re looking for something to pass the time, check it out! Otherwise, take some vitamin C, wash you hands, and don’t let children cough in your face, (words of advice from an expert).
|Photo courtesy of http://www.thehollywoodcomplex.com/|