An Agent of Chaos
at bible study last night
it was just me and the Russian girl
in the beginning
“How is work going?” She asked.
“I just love it!” I said
From her reaction
she wasn’t expecting that
people love to complain about their jobs
But if you hate to complain
All hell will break loose!
“Sure, of course you love your job!” she said.
You sit in your office all day
thinking up impossible strategies
for teachers to implement!”
The Russian girl teaches Kindergarten
I can see she feels agitated
And I just want to have a good
“Well, I’m not complaining,” I said.
“It is a pretty easy job. I work half the time.”
The Russian girl smirks,
“I want our psychologist to take my job and teach.
No psychologist could be a teacher,” she said triumphantly.
Now I’m sensing her anxiety
And I attempt to build rapport
like a bridge over dangerous waters
“The whole education system is broken!” I said
“Yes!” she agreed
“We just went through contract negotiations
And they gave us more time, instead of money
Can you believe that!”
“That sounds about right,” I said.
“but it doesn’t bother you?” she asked.
“I work in education because the system is broken,” I said
“You want to fix it!” she cried enthusiastically.
Her eyes were glowing
“No, I just enjoy chaos!
Parents are angry
teachers are frustrated
And the children are in the parking lot
throwing rocks at cars
That’s why I drive my pickup
20 years old and rear-ended twice
And I hope they have good aim!
I might be able to collect on the insurance money.”
The Russian girl looks at me in disbelief
reaching for her cell phone
out of desperation
“Where is everybody?” she demanded
There was supposed to be five people here this evening
instead of just
Ring, Ring, Ring
Someone at the door
And I thank God
for saving me