when time zips by

Slice of Life

Slice of Life

I’m a big fan of Jee Young’s writing and have taken a lot of inspiration from her teaching, writing and approach to life. Now as an international teacher myself, her recent post about trying to fit everything in during a weekend is certainly accurate.

I was talking with friends last night about what the most surprising aspect of being overseas has been. Definitely up there is the fact that I did not experience emotional collapse early on from homesickness. Kind of like camp or Freshmen year of college. In fact, I never watch t.v. because life just sweeps you away in such a way that you have very little time to manage personal, professional and just plain leisure time.

We all feel that way–but in America–I spent my Saturdays in 7 hour stints at school, preparing for the week. The time would fly, of course. It was what I describe to non-teachers as fitting a year of working hours into the school calendar. This isn’t about defending teachers’ hours, but about a packed schedule.

From a Book Club “in the city” with delicious Indian fare (Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, if you’re wondering),  to The Great Escape–an all school adventure day–to church, to getting passport pictures taken for the VISA requirements in Cambodia during March break (not spring break in the Southern Hemisphere nor Easter Break where I’m the only Christian on staff at my campus) to Skyping on Sunday morning with a good friend while we’re both in bed at opposite ends of the day . . . the weekend was a pleasant, pleasant train ride.

Not every weekend is going to be packed. But this is a snapshot of life in international teaching-ville.


About jaclynfre

Tech integration specialist, recipe adventurer, fast walker, sporadic writer, aunt, sister and daughter
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8 Responses to when time zips by

  1. Life is busy, teaching and traveling and staying connected. I’m so glad that you are slowing life even just a little bit by writing those moments. It sounds like you have a full schedule – continue to enjoy life as an international teacher!

    • jaclynfre says:

      Thanks Michelle!! I’m fully aware that life everywhere is busy. It’s just fun to record the busy-ness of a particular moment in time. At the same time, that’s what allows our breaks to be even more precious, no? I will admit that sometimes my exercise schedule has been sacrificed to squeeze in the SOL. Balance is the key. I have not quite achieved that. Do you have any tips to offer? 🙂

  2. jhaworthoy says:

    I have found your posts interesting and admire that you have chosen to be an international teacher. I see the challenge in your daily life, but you are able to work through it and it makes me wish I had chosen to try this. So glad I have been able to read your blog through the Slice of Life. Jackie http://familytrove.blogspot.com/

    • jaclynfre says:

      There’s still time to investigate international teaching!! I decided to investigate it after 11 years of teaching in the US. Looking forward to checking out your blog. Thanks for the link.

  3. Judy Curtiss says:

    I enjoyed reading about your work/fun filled weekend. Working as an international teacher must have many challenges, but what an exciting experience. Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. Betsy says:

    I absolutely love this part:
    “because life just sweeps you away.” Yes it does and it sounds like your experience is continuing to be busy yet positive and enlightening.

  5. jee young says:

    Thanks for your sweet words!! I’m glad to hear that you are having adventure-filled weekends over there in Indonesia. I look forward to reading more about it. 🙂

    • jaclynfre says:

      You’re an inspiration. I also realized I forgot that I made tempeh bacon (facon) for a vegan buffet on that Saturday morning. I noticed you found turkey bacon–what a find!! That was another post that really resonated with me . . . I’m a rare food hoarder. And when I say “rare” food (in Indonesia), I mean like black beans in a can, oatmeal, maple syrup . . . American avocados, pretzels, walnuts . . . I’ll stop now. (c;

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