So technically I am a Children's Minister, but here's a fun little list I put together that will resonate with many.
Because I'm a Teacher...
*I own just about every color of marker that Crayola has ever made.
*I have a bag that hangs next to my front door that I collect toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, and egg cartons in.
*I color...a lot!
*I can't decide if Pinterest is my best friend or my greatest enemy.
*I can tell you the "tax exemption" process for most stores in the Austin area.
*I spend my workday, evenings, weekends, and even my dream-time thinking about new and creative ways to teach information to children that is fun, cost-effective, and most important memorable!
*At the drop of a hat, I can tell you at least 25 ways that you can use paper plates to make a craft.
*I have perfected "The Look"
*I have accidentally used "The Look" on friends, family, and co-workers.
*In any given week it is pretty much a guarantee that I will get glue on my pants, paint in my hair, and snot on my shoulder.
*I am strong! Teaching is not for the faint of heart!
*I carry at least three different bags with me at all times...often more!
*I have the privilege of praying for more than 150 children, 25 caregivers, and 50 plus families.
*I laugh a LOT! The cliche, "Kids say the darnedest things", is very true! (I once had a child tell me that she liked my hair because it reminded her of a zebra -- it was black and white stripes all over).
*I have brown (not black) and silver (not white and not grey) hairs peeking through - many of these are probably due to my profession.
*I have a collection of art, cards, and little trinkets given to me by children.
*I have learned how to alter lesson plans and activities because I couldn't get to Michael's to buy red cellophane, cardboard circles, foam board, etc. before they closed.
*I hoard Sharpies, Paper/Binder Clips, and Scissors...don't mess with these items! (Insert "The Look" here).
*I intentionally consume Vitamin C in inordinate quantities because there just isn't time to get sick.
*I always have a Google window open on my computer that has at least 10 different ideas for crafts, games, stories, etc. I live with a small amount of fear of my computer will close down and the hours spend brainstorming will be lost.
*I have gotten very comfortable being on the floor. I can even do this in a skirt - although I prefer jeans!
*I have been thrown up on more than once.
*I will never tire of seeing little hands get bigger.
*I feel overwhelmingly blessed to have been called into this service! I love what I do!
What is your list? I know there are at least 100 different things that I could have listed, but these are what came to mind first.