Many times at Calvary Summer School, it often feels like your primary responsibility isn’t teaching but more like babysitting. And there have been many times where I had trouble dealing with my kids when I only have 6 compared to other teachers who have like 14. And by the end of the day you’re just drained from taking care of kids. People who grew up with me since childhood know that I’ve always wanted many kids as possible. I always joked that my wife and I would have 7 kids. But during my time at summer school, I’ve been so tired out and annoyed by kids that I thought to myself that I would only have one kid in the future because one kid is more than enough to bring you all the craziness, tiredness, and headache haha. So I was at conclusion that I definitely can’t have more than 1 kid….
But today changed my mind back to having lots of kids :) Mike, the principal, had to go pick up the school van so I volunteered to look after his three kids for 15 minutes while he was away. His three kids are Alexander, 6, Mackenzie, 5, and Andrew, 3. At first, I don’t even know why I volunteered to look after his kids because I just came back from a tiring field trip to the zoo and was all sweaty, tired, and overheated from the sun. And Alexander is pretty crazy when he gets excited. Just the thought of looking after them at the playground (where things can go wrong) made me seriously wonder why I even volunteered. But I had a pretty good time taking care of them at the playground. I helped them with monkey bars, pushed them on swings, made sure they drank water from my bottle, etc. (I might have bumped their heads on the monkey bars while holding them to get them across…something I will have to work on so I don’t have my kids hit their heads in the future while doing monkeybars). I realized that taking care of 3 kids might not be that bad at all! Yes, I know I was only looking after them for 15 minutes but those 15 minutes were a good preview of what it would be like. I’m confident to have a big family again!