So my two year wedding anniversary was on Tuesday. and that's pretty much it, I can't say I did something fun, how can I if Josh isn't here. But I spoke to him on the phone, and I really cried this time. Usually I tear up a bit when I have to say goodbye to him, but this time my heart was really hurting. But I have plans to visit him in March and then in May, once school ends. And he said that while I'm there he's not going to work, he just wants to spend every moment that he can with me, besides he only gets paid a measly $12 a day, so its not even worth it.
He has a lot of plans to do some great things while he's there. He wants to teach a plumbing course to young men there, so that they can know the codes, material, fittings, etc. so that if they plan on coming here they can find a good and decent job with the skills they learn, plus he has a lot of connections. He was actually upset because right before he left, his boss was going to leave him in charge of doing all the plumbing for Harbor College, he started it the first day, but he couldn't return. Anyway, he is also considering teaching there, since his neighbor is a teacher, and his aunt works for the presidency and is a supervisor at a kinder. I think it would be more beneficial, because he would be in an educational environment, he would have more time to learn, and of course get paid better. He wants to be a teacher anyway, once he "retires" from plumbing.
As for me, I already started school, and I like it. I'm excited but I was kind of ehh about the whole thing cuz I have to take lame general courses. But they're actually not as bad as I thought it would be. I'm just applying a more cultural emphasis on the things that I do and learn so that it is more interesting for me. I'm also taking an Intro to Teaching course, and we are actually going to do service learning. They will be pairing us up with someone that is teaching what we want to do. I'm anxious to see who I get, I just prefer and/or hope that the person I get has a social justice approach when it comes to their teaching. Because I feel like there are those who just teach, and that's fine but there are those who educate to liberate, which is what I want to do. Anyway I am hoping that this way I can get into the schools and be able to work there, even as a tutor, because working a regular job sucks. And I would prefer to have the same times off as the school, because that type of schedule would work better for me to be able to see Josh.
I think everyone in the class wants to teach elementary. And one girl was talking about how she wants to teach 3rd grade, and instill certain values and skills in them so that they do well as they grow. And as she said that I was just thinking that I am going to teach high school so that I can fix the shit that these teachers do or don't do while they're young, so that they don't end up dropping out and getting into all kinds of social ills. Because the majority of teens are very apathetic about life in general, and I feel like I want to save them, give them that last chance to do well and succeed. Either that or they just dig themselves into a hole, if no one reaches them in time. So I want to try and help them before they go off into the world and have to struggle to survive.
Oh and on one last note, I believe I have found my favorite place here. It's this bookstore called Nine Lives, which reminds me so much of San Francisco. It's amazing, they have so many things there, and for really cheap. I bought the readings for my English class at $6 each for the 3 books. And in school they cost $54 used. Plus I found the Living Chicana Theory brand new for $6. I checked online and someone is selling it for $80! Oh and I found a BUST back-issue for $2. Plus I love when bookstores have not just an African American section, but a Latino Section and Women Studies section. If they don't have Latino I am out of there, in a way it makes me feel like they don't really care or value us. But the other thing I like about the bookstore is that they have cats in there that just roam around. They live there and they also have a cat adoption program, hence nine lives. I think that's so neat, I just felt a lot of good energy while I was in there.
Well I'm in the beginning stages of illness, so I think I will go take some day time medicine to fall asleep, because for some reason daytime makes me sleepy and nighttime makes me wide awake. =/