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… When you are listening to the teacher talk about Montessori philosophy, and you get goose bumps and a knot in your throat.

I do believe I am the most fortunate person in the world.  Let me explain.

When I decided – with Mr. T’s support and encouragement – to go back to school to get a Montessori Education degree, I did some research and found out that the best school in San Diego was literally three blocks from Mr. T’s house.  The school looked unassuming, with a small classroom for adult students and a Children’s House for kids attending Primary Montessori.

I naively thought that most of my classmates would be local San Diego folks, maybe a few of them moms who wanted to get a better understanding of the method their children were being taught.  BOY WAS I WRONG!  I guess I hadn’t done my research as well as I thought, because it turns out that this is one of the best schools IN THE COUNTRY!  Let me put it this way… Our head teacher wasn’t able to attend orientation because she was representing the Association Montessori Internationale (the only Montessori association recognized worldwide) at the United Nations.  HELLO!  She’s not just any teacher…

Yesterday was the first day of class, and as people started introducing themselves, it became obvious that for many, attending this school had been an enormous sacrifice!  It turns out that I have classmates from the Ukraine, Korea, France, the Philippines, Taiwan, China and Mexico.  Add to that people from Texas, Illinois and Northern California, and we’ve got one heck of a diverse student body!

All these students have to pay for housing and transportation in one of San Diego’s most expensive areas of town, where a one-bedroom apartment rents for $1,400 a month if you’re lucky.  They left jobs, friends and families to attend this school.  Meanwhile, I get to live rent-free in a neighborhood I know very well, I walk to school, and I can continue working from home in the afternoons and on weekends.

I feel like the luckiest kid in school.

I can hardly believe that school starts tomorrow!!! I will officially be a student again, after many years of yearning to return to the classroom.   We had to read a book prior to the beginning of classes.  I’m almost done with it, but as I’ve always done since junior high, I’ll probably read the last few pages as I’m brushing my teeth or walking to school tomorrow.  Some habits die hard, and procrastination is certainly one of them.

Last night I had a meeting with a couple who hired me for their wedding in May of next year. They’re nice enough, but through the entire meeting I just saw myself repeating the same things, hearing the same comments, answering the same questions… I felt at times like the teacher in the Peanuts comics: MUAH-MUAH-MUAH-MUAAAAAAAHHHH.

Most definitely, it’s time for a change!

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