everybody loves a scare story…

child in ghost costume sitting in park
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I’ll scare you half to death

Because I love that face you pull

With eyebrows raised and mouth an ‘O’.

I want to see your heart drop through

To your stomach, see your fear,

Smell it in the air.

I don’t know why I love it so

But scaring you’s my favourite game.

So, yesterday I garbled a worried post about the school I’m interviewing at. I had been told by various friends and teachers that the school was a bit rough and maybe not the best fit for me. And the more I thought about it the more my anxiety began to rise.

I got in touch with an old friend that I found out was working there and I just thought I’d ask the question. I didn’t think it could hurt to get some inside knowledge. And you know what? She said it’s great.

She sent me a long text, telling me all about the kids and how the reputation of the school seems to precede it. It was very bad in the past and it is in a less than perfect area, but it has a Good on its latest Oftsed inspection, a brand new building and no more behaviour problems than anywhere else in the town.

This brought me back to last August when I told people the name of the school that I was assigned to for training. Everyone looked at me with wide eyes and told me that I’d be eaten alive. And you know what? It was fine.

My point is that I feel like everyone wants to tell you a bit of a scare story. They seem to like it when they see you worry. I don’t always think they’re being cruel. I think that sometimes they really do worry for me and want to watch out for me. But I do really need to stop listening to those people that tell me something is awful and that I won’t be able to handle it.

So much of what we read and what we are told is sensationalized. I need to remember that I don’t need to listen to every piece of advice and take it at face value. Sometimes people are jealous and don’t want to see you succeed. And sometimes they love you and they don’t want you to get hurt. Just take it all with a pinch of salt…

Much Love

Rachel xx

6 thoughts on “everybody loves a scare story…

  1. Belinda O

    Always good to get some insight from someone who has “front line” experience. Glad you were reassured and won’t have the bad feelings nagging at you during your interview.

  2. clcouch123

    The poem is rife with long vowel sounds, which enhance the scary element. I’m glad and relieved for you that you got an inside story about the school. That was a smart move on your part to contact your friend who gave you a thoughtful and detailed response.

    1. patientandkindlove

      I was advised to go on their Twitter feed before the interview so that I could get a feel for the school and that was where I saw her picture. I didn’t even know she worked there until I saw her in a photo. Lucky find!

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