Friday, April 3, 2009

The Big News

Okay everyone, you might want to sit down before reading this. Are you ready? Now for the huge, tremendous, monumental news that I mentioned two posts ago:

In the midst of a recession, with unemployment growing higher by the day, after less than three weeks of looking...I got a job! Praise the Lord! All that frantic praying really paid off!

As of August 12, 2009, I will be the new junior high (7th, 8th, and 9th grade) history and English teacher at Emmanuel Christian School in Manassas, Virginia. In addition, I'll also be supervising an afterschool ESL program for Korean kids. I've signed the contract, and I couldn't be happier.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"