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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

ready or not

Yesterday I received a letter sent from my principal to all the People's Middle School staff members. In addition to the information pertaining to the upcoming orientation and professional development week, the letter also implored, advised or warned us to "get ready ... get ready ... get ready!" The reason being that we must all be ready to "hit the ground running". One one hand, I am concerned that no amount of preparation will allow me to properly "get ready" for what is coming. I read the letter with no small amount of concern and trepidation. My consolation is this: I will hit the ground running, as anyone landing on a treadmill will immediately discover. I'm excited for this, that in another week, I will be literally swept along a course with no ability to slow down. This is a good thing, as long as I can keep my hands on the steering wheel. Maybe the best way to think about the coming year is as something similar to the movie speed. Can't slow down, just try your best to keep control and not to crash into anything along the way.
In other news, living in Mississippi has exceeded my expecations in nearly every regard. I came here with many prejudices about the southern folk, the southern lifestyle and the average summer temperature. The biggest surprise for me has been the discovery that I don't mind the heat, not even during yesterday's heat warning. And the people ... I cannot say that I approve of the predominant beliefs and habits practiced in this part of the country, but I am somewhat reconciled. I arrived here as a smug northern liberal, and perhaps I still am. What has changed is that I think I'm beginning to understand the south, and why the south is what it is. I have many friends back home who preach liberal values and condemn this part of the country without ever bothering to consider that this does more harm. Worldly people that vacation in argentina and southern france and can claim a diverse and broad education know very little about the second half of their own country. Perhaps this will never change, but I cant help but think that perhaps the democrats would have run their last presidential campaign a bit different if they undrestood this region a bit better, and if they had done this it might be a different country today.
Forget it, the point is not ideas and movements and politics right now. I've got some kids coming and we've got a lot of numbers to crunch.

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