School starts tomorrow. This brings up a few questions. Why do we live the way that we do? We did we organize our society in such a way that most of us spend most of our days doing work that is not directly related to feeding, clothing and sheltering ourselves and our families? How do we maintain meaning in our lives when they are so segmented? And also, where can I buy a clip board for Joseph, because it was on his school supply list and they didn’t have any at Fred Meyer’s?
I am a teacher. Beginning tomorrow, I will be spending more hours each day with other people’s children than with my own. I like teaching. I think it’s a meaningful job and I like the feeling that I’m making a difference and helping others. But still, I’d rather be at home with my own children, teaching them and working in the garden and writing. I wonder how many adults would rather be somewhere else than at their jobs. It’s an interesting question. Perhaps one worthy of a bit of our communal attention.