Thursday, August 30

That's My Name

My feet are tired.
My shoulders are a little sore.
My eyelids are on the heavy side.
I am ready to pull the covers to my chin and dance off to slumber.

But. My spirits are high.

I love my new job.

The week has been hectic and crazy busy. I have been sorting, filing, tossing, rummaging, painting, stapling, labeling, cutting, taping and LEARNING.

Learning, learning, learning. And I have to admit, a little bit of faking.

"Good afternoon, International School of the Hague, this is Jenn. May I help you?"

"Yesh. Hallo. It is Jan here. I must speak to KT."


"Yesh. I think my pronunciation is correct. KT."

"Um. Okay, I am looking at the extension list now. I am new here. Very new. And I admit I don't know everyone. Could you possibly spell the name of the person you need to speak with and I will find them for you?"

"Shure. KT is spelled K-A-T-H-Y."

"Oh! Yes! Kathy! Excuse me. KT! Absolutely! I will get her for you. NOW."

Ah, me.

The children will begin arriving at school next Wednesday. I have roughly a single week to get my act together to be ready to pull off this new role as OFFICE LADY EXTRAORDINAIRE! (You think I could get that on a t-shirt? ) I am looking forward to the chaos and the energy of the students in school.

In the meantime as I memorize the layout of the school building, learn how to operate the coffee machine, commit the teachers' names to a permanent place in my memory and prepare the mailbox/lockers for the staff, I have had the chance to meet a few new-to-the-country-kids as they have come to school to get a look around this week.

I don't know if I can express the ultimate joy of meeting an eager new face and after a few minutes conversation hearing the sound of absolute music to my ears. A small voice which says:

"Miss Jenn, can I show you something?"

Yeah, kiddo. Say my name, I will follow you anywhere.


  1. That is so exciting! Congratulations on your new job.

  2. Sweet story, sweet lady. Chicken soup for the soul.

  3. I can't imagine a better public face & voice for the school than yours. It's wonderful that you're loving it so.

    (Any chance you'll begin answering the phone in rhyme? -- thanks for your comment on my blog!)

  4. Very sweet -- this is going to be wonderful!

  5. Miss Jenn, they are very lucky to have you.

  6. Miss Jenn will rule the school in no time! I'm thrilled for you.

  7. oh Miss Jenn, I'm glad you're so happy with the job!

  8. Sounds like a wonderful and exciting challenge. I'm so glad you're loving your new job!

  9. Miss Jenn! Awww.

    I'm glad you're enjoying the new job. I hope it continues to make you happy.

  10. Dear Miss Jenn,

    So glad things are working out so well. I really am. It's so exciting!

    And secondly, I most definitely think that you should put "OFFICE LADY EXTRAORDINAIRE" on a t-shirt. I was going to suggest embroidery, or even iron-on, but then thought... no. Such a statement should be handwritten on a white t-shirt with a permanent marker. hahahaha. Can you just picture it? It would look SO PROFESSIONAL.


    Miss Brillig

  11. Congratulations on the new job! I remembered my friend Cathy who wondered why she was always called "KT" in Germany, lol!

  12. You go girl! Now, how does my heart handle conflicting emotions of "swelling with pride", "happy for my friend" and "little bit jealous"?

  13. Oh I am so glad that you are loving it. Kids are such a joy and a bit of faking on a new job is completely necessary!

  14. I can totally see you being an Ace in this job! they couln't have picked anyone more suitable
    High five to Jenn!

  15. Oh, you sound SO excited!!! That's just wonderful! I hope the first week with the kids is everything you hope it will be!

  16. So glad things are bright. I'm sure you'll be wonderful at your job.