Thank goodness my 16-day Christmas break has started ... yesterday, I was so exhausted, I could barely stand up, let alone teach! I told my grade 12 class that I felt like "a horse that's been rode hard and put away wet" which caused much tittering and pink faces as they took it to be a sexual innuendo. The embarassing part was that they would think that I would ever say anything inappropriate in class!
In the last stretch of pre-Christmas craziness, I was in our administrators' offices daily discussing incidents such as the student bringing a knife to school, another two vandalizing a keyboard in computer class (my assistant and I didn't notice anything) and another student who was supposed to be working independently in the resource room but had 'escaped' and was causing problems in the hallway.
On another day, I had an interview with a parent at school to discuss Johnny's rotten behaviour, which (we found out later through the grapevine) was secretly recorded without my knowledge and consent. This deeply concerned my principal as the parent involved was known to be a former member of a biker gang and a drug dealer. I was asked to report it to my union for my own protection and the admin team is investigating. A worry!
In the midst of these distractions, I didn't read the final copy of our 45 page divorce agreement. My wife and her lawyer signed it before I noticed a clause of concern which had been inserted by the lawyer. Yesterday, I send a simple e-mail to my wife asking where it had come from.
I was blasted with a screaming phone call which ended with her slamming down the phone following by two abusive texts. Not to excuse her behaviour, but she's always been a
But this is what really set her off: "did you know that today is the third anniversary of when i found pictures of naked men with erections on my laptop. merry christmas to me!!" I laughed out loud when I read this. Not a funny laugh but more a rueful laugh. Oh my! She needs to get over it! But I'm not going to be bullied into signing the document until we've cleared up my concerns.
My kids and parents are coming here tonight, so I'm preparing a birthday dinner for my charismatic middle daughter who arrived yesterday from university thousands of miles away. I haven't' seen her in four months! Woo-hoo! I also have some Christmas preparations for this, my first Christmas in my new waterfront home.
I will wait until after New Years' to discuss the divorce agreement with my wife after she's cooled down and after she's gotten through Christmas. I'm sure we will reach an agreement in the end ... but it really sucks that I have to worry about her erratic behaviour all over again.