No one likes being sick. And most certainly, no one likes being sick on a Saturday. After a demanding week at work, the last thing one wants is to end up stuck in bed for the day on their well-deserved weekend. Such was my luck today. I woke up early this morning (3:30 a.m.) with a full-blown cold. Except for a few predictable trips to visit Mrs. Murphy (if you know what I mean!), I was in bed the entire day -- until 8:15 p.m. tonight. What an absolute waste of a Saturday!
I could be resentful about this. I have more accumulated "sick days" available to me at work than I could possibly use before the end of this academic year. So why did I have to get sick on the weekend?
In reality, there is much for me to be grateful for in this situation. First of all, I had absolutely nothing on my calendar for today. Kathy and I plans to meet some friends for dinner tonight, but those plans changed earlier in the week, so being down for the day didn't interfere with any other plans. Secondly, perhaps getting sick is my body's way of telling me to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n. The body is an amazing machine. When we work it too hard in any way, it doesn't hesitate to let us know. Today might have been one of those days.
Most importantly, getting sick on a weekend doesn't inconvenience my students or colleagues. When a teacher is out sick, we are still responsible for submitting a lesson plan for each of our classes. That lesson plan is expected to be related to what we teach, relevant to our students, and challenging enough to keep the students busy for the duration of the class period. That's always a challenge. In addition, when I call in sick, my colleagues are called upon to cover my classes -- with no additional compensation for doing so. Not surprisingly, none of us appreciate being called upon to sub a class during our prep period. We already have more than enough work to do on our own. So getting sick on the weekend really is something for which I am very grateful.
Now I just hope that, by Monday, I'm feeling well and strong enough to take on the challenges of the new week.