Today’s Perfect Moment came upon me while walking through the halls during my break time. I teach a lot of a hours in a day to compress my work schedule. Work has been very accommodating about this (and to others as well) and has given me the same level of classes to teach all day. It isn’t necessarily dynamic, but it does make planning and paperwork a little easier.
On days like yesterday, when things are going a bit slow and the students aren’t responding as well as I would like, the break can be a welcome relief. Mostly, I prefer to go to the staff room and listen to others vent, or make a cup of coffee, or just collect my thoughts.
These days, however, the staff room and the halls are a bit of a ghost town in the afternoon. The reasons for this include weakening economies in some of our main clients’ countries, difficult regulations and procedures for getting a study visa, and winter being less popular for studying in Toronto. It is also possible that dire news of the corona virus has had an effect. We have no students from China, but it may affect people’s perceptions of traveling in Canada. Our numbers have been low since December, so this is more of a problem for the future of the company rather than the current problem.
This ghost town vibe led past a corner classroom with a fantastic view of the backyards of this part of Toronto. These backyards are narrow, but incredibly deep and have beautiful large trees. If I won the lottery, I might be able to afford a down payment on one of them. As I passed the classroom, I noticed that the sunset was casting a fantastic glow on the trees. I might not have caught it in this picture, but it was spectacular. It brightened my spirits and gave me a little bounce to finish up the day.