Before Robby was born I worked in the public schools as a teacher for visually impaired children. The job was demanding, both intellectually and physically. I was responsible for upwards of 15 students spread among as many schools, and my days were a virtual juggling act as I tried to make sure that all of their needs were met while maintaining good working relationships with each school's unique personnel. Between the driving, the schmoozing, and the paperwork I ended each school year burnt out and emotionally exhausted. Despite the frustrations, I loved my job.
When Robby was born I chose to stay home with him. I
missed my students, but I gradually adjusted to a life away from
teaching. I began working for my prosthetists and I am now managing
social media communications for several organizations. I redefined
myself and, despite the passion that I once held, I no longer labeled
myself as a teacher.
I thought that I had put my role
as teacher behind me. If I had been asked a few weeks ago if I
envisioned myself returning to teaching, my response would have been a
resounding, "No." Despite the love and passion I once held for my field, I
couldn't conjure a circumstance where I would return to working with
blind children, and certainly not in the near future. I should know by
now that whenever I feel like I have closed a chapter in part of my life
that something happens to prove me wrong!
ago I received a phone call from the parents of a child I used to teach,
imploring me to work with their daughter again. I first worked with
Abbi when she was a baby. She is now 9 and continues to deal with a
myriad of physical and cognitive issues. Although she is not totally
blind, Abbi has a difficult time using her vision and interpreting what
she sees. I made no promises but agreed to evaluate Abbi to determine if
I could help.
Although I haven't worked in the field
for awhile, it felt instinctively natural interacting with Abbi. Within
the first hour I knew that I was confident that I could help. I have
agreed to begin working with Abbi twice a week.
to admit that I'm excited about returning to my original profession.
While I enjoy working social media and patient outreach, blind children
continue to hold a special place in my heart. It is nice to get back to
my first passion.
I've added Abbi to my schedule without deleting any other
obligations. I am going to be busier than I've been since Robby was
born. I guess this summer we'll see if I'm good at juggling because I
certainly have a lot of balls in the air!