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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

be careful what you wish for

I'm sitting here looking at yet another e-mail from my boss with yet another tutoring request. Sigh.

It's not that I dislike tutoring, it's just that I feel that my work schedule is busy enough right now. Not to mention the fact that I have a husband, three sons, one dog, one cat, and, subsequently, one perpetually messy house perpetually in need of provisions.

At the same time, I think I've gotten a case of the Judy's in that I find it difficult to say "no". Difficult because private tutoring is the most expensive, premium product we offer. Saying "no" would be like a waitress telling a restaurant patron, "wouldn't you rather have beef stew?" after the patron had just ordered steak and crab.

And I do enjoy tutoring. Maybe not as much as the classroom drama, but tutoring's good fun.

True, my boss could look for another tutor if I decline. But I suspect that this student requested me because we live near each other - the Mother Ship being 50 miles to the north. I also like to think that I've developed a favorable reputation in the tutelage department. Sigh.

And then, of course, there's Run With Lumber, a mere two months away. Two short months until Lumber time.

Not ready to hit that "reply" button just yet...
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6 comments:

  1. You don't sound TOO opposed to tutoring, and clearly, you are very, very good in this area.

    I have a feeling you'll say no when you really have to.

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  2. I'm not convinced. You sound like you are trying to talk your self into it but, deep down, you really enjoy helping the students expand their minds. Especially when you are so good at it. Besides, didn't you say elsewhere that you'd prefer to be busy over being bored?

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  3. Have you considered taking the karate kid tactic to this tutoring. You could think of tricky ways to get them to think that unloading the dishwasher and folding laundry will help them with logic games. Geometry or the SAT something like that.

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  4. It's amazing the speed at which activities try and worm their way into your life just after you've resolved to phase them out.

    Nothing wrong with delaying that reply button for a while.

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  5. I wish there was more time in the day, and that I wouldn't STILL wish there was more time in the day.

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  6. Ugh - sorry I'm rubbing off on you! The Judy's are no fun to contract and take oodles of therapy to work through, hahaha!!!

    Of course, you can always look at it the way I do - it's only for a little while, right?

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