The title of this post will relate to its content, but also the song Trouble by Ray LaMontagne is in my head because of American Idol 2 nights ago.
Anyway, on to the post. I teach at an alternative high school in Round Rock. I teach Child Development, Nutrition, and Family Relationships to kids who have dropped out of traditional high schools all around Round Rock. Usually my students are older - 18, 19...I have 2 that are 20.
After having taught here for 2 months now, I am completely immersed in the lives of these students. They tend to be a little more open about their lives than students at a traditional high school. These kids have been through some seriously tough stuff and have gotten in major trouble (I told you the title related).
Last night, as I was sitting on my comfy couch with Dave, eating spaghetti and watching TV...I couldn't get the hardships of my students out of my mind. I have 1 that is completely homeless. She is 17, has a 4 month old son, and they travel from shelter to shelter each night. The father is abusive and the baby has been sick since the day he was born. That's just 1 of my students.
Having said these things (and thank you for listening) I decided this week that I am devoted to this job. These kids might not have anyone that cares for them (or shows it). If I can be a smiling face for them, then I need to be there. Doing that. And that is what's important right now.