When I woke up this morning I was debating whether I should go to my Beacon Hill real estate office. This being Labor Day Weekend I figured I would have a slow day as many Boston residents will be going to the beach perhaps the last time on this COVID-19 summer.
To my pleasant surprise, I did have someone walk into my office looking for a Beacon Hill apartment. She was a young professional in her late 20’s and finally landed a job, surprising as a school teacher. Did I say surprise, yes because with many, if not all online schooling, how many school teachers are needed?
I showed her a couple of apartments and she did like one I showed her on Myrtle Street.
As she was completing the applications she told me she was so happy to finally move out of her childhood bedroom (I’m sure her parents felt the same).
I then told her a story that I thought was funny, but apparently she didn’t.
My apologies if this story is well-known to you. It’s an old joke, yet a useful illustration of how my day is going
A mother repeatedly called upstairs for her daughter to get up, get dressed, and get ready for school. It was a familiar routine, especially at exam time.
“I feel sick,” said the voice from the bedroom.
“You are not sick. Get up and get ready,” called the mother, walking up the stairs and hovering outside the bedroom door.
“I hate school and I’m not going,” said the voice from the bedroom, “I’m always getting things wrong, making mistakes and getting told off. Nobody likes me, and I’ve no friends. And we have too many tests and they are too confusing. It’s all just pointless, and I’m not going to school ever again.”
“I’m sorry, but you are going to school,” said the mother through the door, continuing encouragingly, “Really, mistakes are how we learn and develop. And please try not to take criticism so personally. And I can’t believe that nobody likes you – you have lots of friends at school. And yes, all those tests can be confusing, but we are all tested in many ways throughout our lives, so all of this experience at school is useful for life in general.
Besides, you have to go, you are the teacher.”