Things I need to do this summer:
1.) Sleep-train myself to be in bed by 9
2.) Find a really good donut shop nearby
3.) Memorize 25 scriptures
4.) Pray a lot
Why? Because I'm going to teach seminary* this year.
Knights of Columbus.
I am happy to report that I have moved out of the stunned phase. I am now into the mostly-thrilled phase. Things that have helped: I called my dad immediately, and no one is more excited about seminary or teaching than my dad, he was positively giddy; I really love the kids, well, the girls at least, I don't know many of the boys but they have to be great, right?; I work amongst people who are super excited about religious education - where most people who hear the news would say, "Whoa," everyone I told today said, "That's so cool!!"
And I agree, it is pretty cool. Even though when I look back at my own seminary experience it seems like an impossible dream. Did I really wake up at 4:45 every morning of high school? Just thinking about 4:45am makes me a little queasy. But it happened. And it will happen again. And I suspect it will be challenging but also really fun. So if you need me between August and June I'll be holed up in my room either with my nose in the New Testament or sleeping. Wish me luck.
*An early morning religious class for the high school set. This is a volunteer position but similar to my actual paying gig in that I am a secretary at an institute, which is seminary for college kids. Sadly, there is no ping pong in seminary. They both fall under the same department aptly named Seminaries & Institutes. Which means I have both covered and maybe I should petition to become the department queen.