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Zero to Hero, Day 16: Off like a prompt dress!

Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt.

Well, let’s ‘ave a butcher’s at the Daily Prompt, shall we?

Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?


I’d like to think that I have a good reputation, a positive one. I try to project that out to the blogosphere. I’m a mom, and I’ve already posted about finding Mom negativity a major turn-off. I’m Catholic, and I recognize that some folks are much more willing to seek negativity in religion in order to disparage religiosity. There have been times where I have been told, “All Catholics are [bigoted, angry, snobbish]… except for you.” I want a chance to tell them, “I’m the norm– please look at us again, more closely. See what we are, and not what you want to see.”

My biggest concern moving forward is that I get trapped with the reputation for being less than a great teacher. I was laid off from teaching jobs three different times in four years, though no fault of my own. But I will have to answer to that when it comes time to re-enter the workforce proper. And don’t even get me started on all the professional development I’m missing out on by not being in a classroom right now. There’s a very good chance that my career in education is effectively over, and to a certain extent I feel as though it never started. 

So no– that part of my reputation, if indeed it exists, is not accurate. And that pisses me off. So now I’m trying to parlay my expertise into something more useful.

Here’s to doing the best with what I’ve got, where I am.



(What can I say? Target just wins at ad campaigns. This year’s set is pretty good, too… but this one is my all-time favorite.)

I know, I know… it’s not even August. But I am aware that there are many school systems that start school in mid-August, mortifying as that is to me. I like having until Labor Day with my kids! And the closer to September it gets, the more I have to embrace the fact that I’m not going to be on the other side of the desk in this back-to-school build-up. Unless I get a phone call soon.
And I’m still not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, I adore hanging with Buttercup, and she is quite partial to me– sometimes to the point where even the Hubs simply will not do. The thought of putting her in day care is downright nerve-wracking. But I also feel like I’m wasting all the years of effort I put into my education (and still have the school loans to prove it!) and our home isn’t going to magically get bigger for our ever-growing children. We need a house. Badly. But those are problems for another day– today, I worry about sending three boys to school: 4th grade, 2nd grade, and Kindergarten.
I’ve been sending kids to school for 5 years now, and I am quite frankly tired of the rush and panic. The potential to be overwhelmed is very real.
But something occurred to me… the school sent the supply list with the report card on the last day of school. No one said I had to wait until the end of summer to buy the stuff on the list! So I tacked a couple of items from the list onto my grocery shopping list. Now I’m pretty much done (for some reason, the “right” folders are very hard to find!) and I didn’t have to go on a full-on shopping spree to do it.
There’s still time to spread out your BTS shopping if September is your starting point. Here’s to making the new school year easier!