Hurdles

Despite all of the time that one takes for preparation, there are things that occur that somehow prevent us from having the time to do them in a timely way. I truly enjoy doing things when I have the ability to fit them in without having to do things last minute.

Over two weeks ago I had been asked if I would sub for a high school learning center for freshmen, tutoring French. My first reaction was that it probably wouldn’t fit in with my schedule. We overcame that and I was supposed to start on Friday. Right away, I was copied on a message asking for information about what I would need to do in order to start.

Things don’t always go as planned.

My not having heard anything made me wonder. At first, one would suspect that there were not any special things that would need to be done or at least that they would be easy to accomplish in a timely manner.

Yesterday, as Friday is fast approaching, I was contacted and realized what I had kind of thought all along, that there would be many hurdles to attack and that Friday was perhaps way out of line as a goal for the beginning.

I quickly realized that there was a good-sized fee for the temporary license I would need. The pay for the job was the typical kind that makes the job more of a ‘giving of oneself and of one’s time,’ but that would be fine as well.

I was told that I would have to go to a state education website and I went there and checked it out. It was, as expected, a site where user-friendly was not an option. Later in the day when I looked at the actual list of things that had to be done, about seven different online forms, and at the fact that I had to time in a visit to a local police station for fingerprinting, I realized that it just wasn’t worth it.

I may be pretired, but I am busy.

Had I had the info two weeks ago, I could easily have attacked it.

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.

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