My students spent two days at the PA Farmshow Complex working with the PA FFA association to help with the truck and tractor pulls. There were students selling 50/50 tickets, collecting admission tickets, and even students down in the pits and on the track, helping to hook the sleds and run the tube (a large plastic tube attached to the exhaust of the pulling tractor to help funnel the emissions out of
It was very cool to finally see students who don't usually accompany us to FFA events and competition come a long and really enjoy their time. Those boys who are usually hard to get off the farm even found themselves having a great time! My personal experience was a little different, however. I'm not sure how, but I found myself working security on Saturday night during the championship pull. I have to say, I think I did pretty well; I even broke up a fight... However, I'm still waiting for my vest that says SECURITY and my walkie-talkie...
But aside from the fun I had chaperoning my kids and playing security guard, the experience meant something else to me as well. It was a great chance to spend time being surrounded by tractors; something that I love. It was refreshing and fun after a really stressful week but what was unique about this stress reliever was that this time I didn't need to step away from my adviser duties.
Usually, when the stresses start to pile up and I feel a little overwhelmed, I try to find something I enjoy and take a break from the wearing my teacher hat. But this time, I got to wear my teacher hat while doing something that I love (not that I don't love teaching, but ya know....).
Even though this was just a small event in the grand scheme of things, it was a refreshing experience to realize that this is where I belong. Just by doing my job as an Ag teacher, I have the opportunity to experience things that I love in the process; not instead of being with my students, but while being with my students.