Sometimes you just have to be out of town. This week, I had the privilege of being invited to speak at my University Alma Mater; Manhattan Christian College (MCC) in Manhattan KS…The Little Apple 🙂 They have a chapel service every Thursday and it was great to be able to speak at it. My oldest Child, Madison attends there too, and it was great to see her. It had been 2 months since I saw her last. We had fun together. Winter came early to the midwest. It was 40 degrees when I woke up the first morning I was there. It was a great break from the heat. I’m ready for a PHX Winter!
Joy Christian High School has a graduate that is attending MCC (Riley Corbin) and I made sure to capture a picture of him leading worship so I could send it to his mom…who is also on the Joy staff! So, in reality…Joy Christian High School led the chapel service on Thursday at MCC. Riley did a great job…I hope I did a great job following him with my message. I think I did…but I’m biased.
So…knowing I was headed to Manhattan Kansas on Wednesday night…I had to submit a request for a Substitute Teacher. The substitute teacher request process at Joy High is pretty thorough. I let them know 2 weeks in advance, filled out the short paper work, and submitted it. It was approved!
My wife has just started subbing at JCS. So…I requested her to fill in for me.
I’m writing this a few days late…I know how the sub did. 🙂
She did great.
Having a substitute teacher, in my place, is a little nerve racking. It made me feel vulnerable. I wondered if the students would behave. I wondered if I would look disorganized. Now, some might say that I should not have worried because it was my wife stepping in for me. Trust me…that made it worse. My wife would be honest with me. I think a total stranger subbing for me would be a little less threatening…they substitute teach for me, and then they leave. My wife subbing for me…well…it’s called “pillow talk” and I was worried about what she might say. A stranger that subs for me might simply do what I requested, and go home. But, if it’s my wife…well…she’ll let me know areas that I could improve, or areas that are out of control…and also…areas she thinks are great!
As I type this…she has already subbed for me and we had fun talking about the different students, their personalities, and the impact that we get to have every day being apart of their lives. I think having my wife sub for me, helped us have something more to talk about. I’m not sure it taught us anything we didn’t already know about each other. We have been married for 23 years. But, it put us on the same page of discussion in this case. All too often I think I go to work and do my thing and come home and talk about it with my wife. My wife would do her thing and come home and talk about it with me. It is good. But what is great is when we both have been able to enter Room 1501 at different times and yet encounter the same people and experiences…and now when we talk about it…we know the names, place, and environment, because we have both experienced it.
She is subbing for someone else tomorrow. So, I’m excited that we will be on the campus at the same time.
I’ll try to keep it professional! 🙂
Have a good week. Week 9 in Room 1501 was short for me this week. But excellent.