The little voice in me finally started to speak; actually, she screamed during this #BoycottToSiri saga that’s been going on lately.
The little voice that is me had already been complaining considerably while I was writing my paper to end the semester. I knocked the thing out pretty quickly and it’s fine; it answered my questions, and I did okay. But I hated every minute of writing that academic paper.
Just a quick note to say since our school reduced numbers, it has been quieter and the classroom that the family was in is now much more peaceful. We did the right thing.
Meanwhile, it is hotter than average and I’ve had longer days again than usual, with extra meetings. I’m getting over a bad cold (which was at least relatively quick in passing). My pre-arthritis (I can’t bear to call it arthritis yet…) is twingy. I can feel myself heading for overload.
One of the things about being Catholic is that we are called to believe in one Truth (capital T) which is Jesus/God/Holy Spirit…you know, TRUTH. And this actually fits in line with what I think the Autistic view of Truth is…the idea that there is one factual truth in all things.
But we also, as Autistics, believe in multiple perspectives. As in, one person’s experiences will affect the way he or she tells the story. Sometimes Autistics who have not been “woke” to this truth still fight it and believe only one view of events can possibly exist, but increasingly, as one becomes an activist, one learns about perspective, white privilege and so on.
In leadership, there is another kind of truth, I think.
Sorry for the lack of update. It’s a busy time of year for work. Without revealing too much, I am a Catholic school principal and we are reinventing ourselves to be more inclusive and also more authentically Catholic. We pray more, we love more, you know…the kind of school that, if you went religious, you’d want for your Neurodiverse kid because our goal is to help kids to find their true selves and be able to advocate for themselves wherever they go to school next. The need is great where we are. But yes, very busy this time of year.
I just had some news that frustrates me to no end. The teacher I thought I could depend upon to stick with me this year has been wooed away by the public schools. They can offer him the little things like pay commensurate with experience and, well, health insurance. I’ve done the math on what I could make, going public, and it’s more than double than what I make now. Unfortunately, I am Autistic, and I cannot play the “fitting in” games required in public schools. I just don’t have the spoons for it.