“Geoff’s Blog: A Fat Man’s Guide to Happiness” Blog 18

 “Geoff’s Blog: A Fat Man’s Guide to Happiness” Blog 18: Volume 2: Issue 2

By Geoff Adler

There is a timeless adage that states: “be careful what you wish for.” I had the chance to experience this lesson last week.

In the deep winter, when spring seemed like a mirage and it looked as if we’d never see a thaw or even grass grow, I was stewing with frustration and despair. I was beginning to look for employment for the 2014 – 2015 school year. I was in my living room watching Ferris Bueller’s Day off for the umpteenth time with my children when I heard the famous ‘I’m gonna take a stand’ monologue by Cameron Frye played by actor Alan Ruck: “I’m gonna take a stand. I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m going to take a stand.”  So, after months of dreary grey weather and frigid cold temperatures, I decided to take control of my own fate, and began applying to schools out of district, out of region, and finally out of state. Two weeks ago, after prolonged silence, the phone finally rang and a school reached out to me.


Now, before I give away the punch line I need to preface this story by saying that I have been applying to many schools in many districts, and to no avail. The call that arrived came from North Carolina. I interviewed and was offered a position to teach 5th grade in an elementary school with demographics similar to where I teach today. To accommodate this post I would be required to relocate alone for the year. And, while it seemed like the perfect opportunity, there was one major exception; it would require a major alignment within my family, shifting all domestic obligations to my wife. It would also mean that I would be detached from family, visiting only a couple of times a month at most.

After lengthy discussions (plural) with my wife and children, I decided to decline the offer. The thought of leaving my wife of 17 years and my twin 13 year olds and my 10 year old daughter growing and learning in my absence weighed heavily on my conscience. So, I left the door open for the future, and hope to someday make it to NC. In the meantime, I’ll persevere and continue trying my best to attain employment in the educational sector locally. As always, I’ll keep you in the loop. In the interim, I’ll work out my frustrations on the weight room floor. Maybe you’ll join me there too and we can brainstorm and commiserate together.

See you at the gym!



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