This is clearly the workings of a semi mad-woman. I’ve had such a difficult time planning trips lately. I’m not sure what it is. My anxiety comes flaring to life suddenly and my finger hovers hesitantly over the “complete your purchase” button. It takes me days to book flights. When did this happen? I used to book my travel, not with frivolity, but with much less…color coded paperwork. Sure I’d make lists of things to do with prices and times, but this slightly obsessive, day planned, google-mapped location saved, color-coded mess of a calendar is not my typical style.
I noticed the difficulty start when I was planning my trip to Southeast Asia this past summer. I didn’t even book my flights until maybe a month out. The trip did bring me a lot of anxiety. Solo travel in countries with total culture shock, I wasn’t sure I would be able to figure it all out. I kept telling myself and everyone around me, “It’s a backpacking trail. They will be used to tourists. I’ll be ok.” I had never had such profound reluctance or anxiety for a trip.
It’s continued on to my planning for this domestic vacation. I’m not sure what it is. I can’t seem to visualize what I want to do or when I want to do it without putting it all on a calendar. I’ve never “saved” locations on google maps either, but for some reason, for this trip it seemed to be a necessity. I’m not sure what that is. Maybe it’s inherent of something that I can’t recognize in myself yet. Or the effect of something I’ve been digging up in therapy. I’m glad that I’m still able to push through the anxiety mess and travel. That’s one thing I’m incredibly proud of. No matter how scared or anxious I get, I will always travel. There’s too much of the world to see to spend my life scared and afraid.
I’m going to change gears for a minute, but it still fits within the title so I don’t feel the need to make two posts back to back.
If it isn’t apparent from my other posts, I work in a school. I have two aides in my classroom who help with the daily running of our room and support my students and myself. I could not run my room without them. I could do nothing without them. A fact which I tell them on a daily basis. I have spent my year making sure to thank them sincerely and often for their effort and their work. We’ve developed a good, or what I thought was a good, report in the classroom. I speak to them openly and honestly about work and our personal lives.
My students run a business and we have a cash register in the room. I opened it on Monday and it looked weird to me. My head immediately went to custodial. I called my co-teacher and had her look also. She also thought it looked a little short. We count our money, but we hadn’t since Wednesday of the week before due to a snow day and then being backed up with paperwork and losing track. I wrote a note to custodial and left it taped to the whiteboard above the garbage cans as I thought that’s where they’d see it. One of my staff members noticed it and we chatted about it for a minute. I didn’t think anything of it. I took Tuesday off. I got messages throughout the day that it had somehow turned into a bigger deal than it should have been. All because I had to be a sassy cunt and leave a note.
Wednesday morning, I spoke with my assistant principal. She told me to pull my staff and speak to them as they were upset. This was news to me. What did they have to be upset about? Turns out, they both think that I passive-aggressively, in front of them, with them in the room, accused them both of taking the money. One of my staff members somehow interpreted me showing them the register key on my key ring (in case someone purchased a card when I was out) meant that I was offering them to take money from the register for personal reasons and that greatly offended them. They then thought that the register key was in fact NOT on my key ring…it was. I didn’t remove it.
Then they thought that I just flat out didn’t talk to them about it. I sincerely thought we had briefly talked about it, but that it wasn’t a bigger deal because I was clearly thinking it was custodial who took whatever money was missing…again, we aren’t even sure what was missing…or if anything was truly missing…it was just a feeling. Intuition. BUT I NEVER THOUGHT IT WAS MY STAFF.
They are both so utterly upset with me and I don’t know what to do. I’ve apologized twice. Sincerely and from the heart. I’ve told them that I respect them as professionals and appreciate their help and never ever ever meant to offend them. I am flabbergasted that that is where their heads went. I thought that by mid-February they would know me better than that. I thought that if they were upset, they’d approach me, like I would approach them…instead, I had to be told by my administrator that my staff was angry with me.
I’m incredibly upset. I feel like it’s one thing after another lately. That no one actually knows me. Or understands where I’m coming from. That everything I say is wrong, or upsetting or offending someone. That people that I work closely with on a daily basis, for almost a year now, could possibly think that I would accuse them of anything, especially without talking to them first.
To top it all off, my administration was insistent that I formally write up another staff member who allowed two students who are wanderers/runners to transition independently without her watching them (or with her watching from a great distance, from which she could do nothing if she needed to). At their insistence, I did. Today, they told her I am the one who wrote her up. Isn’t that not a thing that’s supposed to happen?
It’s been an upsetting day. An upsetting week. An upsetting month. And I am not ok.
This is awkward as fuck. I’m uncomfortable. Everyone says the awkwardness will fade and that I just have to keep pretending everything is ok until then. The awkwardness will fade. I’m sure it will. But I will NEVER look at these two people the same way. I will never not look at them and think, “They don’t trust me. They don’t understand me. They think I don’t trust them.” I will spend every minute I am with them walking on eggshells, overanalyzing every single thing I say or do. I will rethink every conversation we have from here on out. I will never have the same carefree attitude that comes with perceived friendship and understanding with these two people again. I don’t know how people move through situations like this. How do you let it go and forget? I know I’ll forgive. That will come. But forget? I will never. Maybe I’ve developed a strong genetic tie to my father’s side’s ability to hold a grudge (for 50 + years I may add). I will never forget the looks of impassivity and misunderstanding and mistrust. It will haunt me.
You know how you have moments that will always be there for you? No matter how much time has passed? I will always remember the time I opened my car door into a person on a bicycle. I will always remember the way a dear dear dear dear dear friend slept on the couch not speaking to me after our first and only big fight. I will always remember missing my flight to Portland and missing that time with my best friend. My fuck ups stay with me. They are burned into my memory and they come up and rear their ugly heads whenever a new (even perceived) fuck up occurs. Taunting me. Reminding me of my humanity. Trying to convince me that I’m a worthless nobody. My sister would say it’s Satan. My mother would tell me to read the final prayer of the Amidah. My therapist would tell me it’s related to my childhood. None of them are comforting statements.