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When a Pit Bull sits in your lap, and other stories of insomnia…


Here I go again. I am sharing an actual experience that has morphed into a metaphorical understanding. During a recent home visit, a sweet Pit Bull named Baby climbed right up into my lap, uninvited, and looked at me nose to nose. I am not going to lie. I was uncomfortable, as this was the first Pit Bull that I had ever experienced up close and personal. It wasn’t that I had anything against Baby, it was just the thought of the infamous breed in my lap. These were unfounded fears, of course, because Baby turned out to be a very kind girl.

Baby and I bonded.

I learned.

She moved on to other areas of the house.

I left and moved on to other duties in my job.

Tonight, insomnia strikes.

It’s 12:30 a.m..

We have 4 days until spring break and thoughts of standardized tests, evaluations, RtI, IEP meetings, goal setting, upcoming programs interviewing, concerned parents and concerning students have worked together to construct a jumbled mess in my mind.

I am officially 7 months into the job, and I feel as though I have so much to learn, so many ways to grow. I continue to be amazed at the sheer volume of information that I take in and synthesize on a daily basis. It is no wonder that I have this web of concern interfering with my sleep now and again.

For now, I am inviting these thoughts to crawl into other places of my house. They will, after all, still be there in the morning.


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2 thoughts on “When a Pit Bull sits in your lap, and other stories of insomnia…

  1. floatflute on said:

    my worst nights of sleep are always the night before the first day of school and the last day of school, there are always more but those two have always been that way in over 25 years of teaching, one is I am so excited to get started and the other is I excited for summer but I am also a bit sad to see my students leave and I can not keep track of them and take care of them as much…. and OTES meetings can add on to it… or all the other meetings to get too… like your blog.. glad I found it…

    and yes I will take care of any child you send me next year ,, always ask me too and let me know who to watch out for,, I have two from your school right now I am trying to keep track of,,

  2. Hi, thanks for following my blog. I have just had a look at a couple of your posts and I really like your blog. It is so important that people in our profession have a sense of humour! Don’t sweat the insomnia… we’ve all been there!
    Mel 🙂

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