Thursday, October 14, 2004


It's hard to help kids when I don't have a phone or a computer in my cubicle. When I need to test kids, a test kit would be nice, too. So many of these kids start out at such a disadvantage to begin with, then the person in charge of their case is scrambling to find a place to make a call to their parents or a places to type a report so they will get what they need.

I'm paid very little, and then I am expected to look professional, which costs money. I used to dress up two days a week to teach. Now it's 5 days a week, and I don't have the wardrobe, yet I don't make enough to cover the cost of buying new duds. I bought a new bag, too, which sounds frivolous, but there's something about wearing a backpack in a high school that makes me blend in just a little too easily.

Computers are a problem, too. Aaron has loaned me his laptop, since I don't have a computer in the schools, but there isn't a way to transfer files to the computers there, so yesterday, I bought a new jump drive (my old one was stolen this summer). More money gone that I don't have.

I'm almost 35, and I tell you, I just can't wait to make a salary, so I don't have to beg, borrow, and steal to cover the basic costs of things I require to do my job properly.