Joy

It’s so hot in my classroom my hair almost resembles Gilda’s when she played Roseanne Rosannadanna. My torso is covered in a heat rash, and I feel at any moment I may faint in front of my 30 beautiful children.

Our elementary buildings are not fitted with air conditioning, nor will they be anytime soon. (I completely sympathize; who can stand one more cent of taxes when we’re already stretched to our maximum?)

It’s a good thing to be able to spray on a bit of Joy in the morning. It’s a good thing that joy comes in a bottle on the days when it’s hard to find it anywhere else.

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23 thoughts on “Joy

  1. I feel your pain, lady. I've spent the past few days at work on the verge of fainting from the heat. I think about quitting approximately every 5 minutes. Hope things get better for both of us soon!

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  2. Oh, I'm so sorry. I hate being hot. You can only take off so many clothes – especially with 30 children around. ;)I live in southeast Texas where the humidity is ridiculous. It has already reached the point in May (and will last until October) where I am constantly miserable. I had central AC installed in my 104-year-old house in March and am so grateful for it.Think of cool air – and get a popsicle on your way home!

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  3. Bellezza has a passion for perfume? That's interesting.I totally understand about the heat. It's been really hot here in the Philippines too. You can't stay in a room with no air conditioner for 30 minutes without getting soaked up in your sweat. How about fruit shakes? Or ice cream? Feeling pretty while totally on pressure helps too.

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  4. Loved this post! I'm so sorry about the heat…and they expect children to learn in such conditions?? I remember teaching in such heat in Salt Lake City, and it was so bad one September that my kids had daily nosebleeds! And you have 30 students in your class??!!

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  5. Mark, have you never smelled it? It has over 10,000 jasmine petals and I think around 6000 of rose. (But, jasmine's my favorite.) When we were in Grasse, the perfumery explained how the jasmine petals had to be picked before sunrise, while the dew was still fresh on them; hence the cost. I doubt it's made that way today, but I don't know for sure. I do know that this was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' favorite fragrance, though. However, I wear it for the name alone. 😉

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  6. Robin, thirty this year and more coming in the Fall! Our district is in terrible shape; the state of Illinois owes my district alone over 7 million dollars, and we've had to let all kinds of teachers go. Plus, we're signing a contract which freezes our pay for next year. I'm glad to have a job, so I'm not complaining. But, maybe I'll have a gripe or two when I'm looking at 30+ kids next year!

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  7. Picky girl, I took your advice! I found a popsicle in the lounge, and even though it wasn't my favorite flavor I took it. 🙂 I don't think I could bear Texas. Or, even Arizona much as I love the southwest.

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  8. I have as much passion for perfume as I do books. Well, almost. I just try to restrain myself from writing about it too much, as this is ostensibly a book blog. But, my perfume shelves are as full as my bookshelves…

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  9. I understand the feeling. In the summer my apartment becomes too hot. I really need to either buy a better fan or an air conditioner. I hope it cools down some for you. I definitely understand what you mean about joy in a bottle. I love my perfume. It sometimes makes my whole day feel better.

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  10. A daily splash of Joy–we should all be so lucky (and it will end soon–the heat, and the school year). Much joy of the non-perfumey kind to you!

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  11. It's interesting to think of all the places we can find non-perfumery Joy…what a good point you bring up! In the Bible, in music, in art, in beautiful blogs like yours.

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  12. Nan, quite a few teachers put window units in their classrooms, and the administration had a fit! They complained the electricity was too costly, and it was ruining the effectiveness of the building's design. I kept my mouth shut about the possibility of them working in offices without air. But, I have a bajillion fans in my classroom. The only problem is talking above them. 😉

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  13. Such a co-incidence I recently got myself a little charm inscribed inscribed with "Joy" too…I was thinking along the same lines as you, I guess :)I also love the new look of your blog. When I saw the Paperpunch theme, it looked a little boring, but you have really brought a lot of life into it.I love this one! It's a keeper, I think

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