A few months ago I decided to settle in Austin for a while. I thought, I kinda like it here, perhaps I’ll give this whole, ‘being a Texan’ thing a real shot, and with that, I was no longer a visiter, but a resident. Everything changed. The mere declaration of permanence sprouted roots from the soles of my new Texas boots into this drought-ridden, Lone Star land.
These roots feel good. I have for so long felt unsettled. I felt unsettled in NY because I so desperately wanted to leave, and I felt unsettled here in Texas because I thought it was only a brief stop on my journey. My jobs have reflected this unsettledness as I’ve bounced around from school to school as a substitute teacher. I felt like that Colin Hay song, “Waiting for my real life to begin.”
And then I won the lottery!! Well, the dream job lottery at least. Next year I will be teaching fourth grade (my favorite) at my adorable and delightful neighborhood school. I will walk to work every morning and give back to this community that has so welcomed me in. It is the most perfect and wonderful dream come true! My real (professional) life is about to begin!!
Oh, and because I am a Texan now, I took obligatory Blue Bonnet photos of Cooper. Obviously.