By Corinne Wnek
As a professional educator for over 25 years, I recognize what a privilege it is to be invited into the private lives of my students and their families. Well, to be completely honest about it, sometimes I just had to barge right in and not wait for the invitation. But once there, I was usually typecast as the listener, problem solver and voice of reason.
Now I can hear my own family roaring with laughter and elbowing each other at this description as they blurt out, “Her?” Nevertheless, it is true that just when you think you have seen it all, another surprise comes around the corner and gets you scratching your head as you mumble yet again, “NOW I’ve seen it all.”
I have been fortunate in my life to have a career that I love and a family that I love even more. Mostly, I’m grateful that I have been able to help a lot of people over the years work through that thing we all struggle with called ‘family life.’ Through my experiences as a school counselor I have learned how to navigate the treacherous waters of adolescence, how to balance heartbreak with humor and how to move forward to do it all over again the next day.
But I am also somebody’s wife, mother, sister and daughter and that alone has provided me with enough material to produce my own reality series someday. I’m not kidding.
I hope you will enjoy reading about some of these experiences, both personal and professional, and that in doing so, your day might not seem so bad after all!
Look for Corinne Wnek’s column, “The Writer’s Block,” every Friday online at NJTODAY.NET
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