Today, we had a virtual meeting at work. It was an open meeting that invited the few remaining employed teachers and those who have been laid off to attend. It was a chance to hear how things were going with the company. We even got some hints…or guesses about what the company would look like on the other side of the pandemic.I won’t bore you with the competing, but by no means equal, visions of doom and gloom vs optimism. Even when we have face to face classes, it won’t be the same as it was.
Out of this, I did manage to find Today’s Perfect Moment. I got to see some coworkers that I hadn’t seen since February. It seems like so long ago, but I went on vacation before the whole pandemic hit and before businesses were told to close. I returned from Colombia planning to teach a preparation course for a Cambridge exam with a group of Swiss students. By the time the dust settled, the Swiss students were back in Switzerland (no doubt enjoying some fine cheese and chocolate) and I was working from home.
ESL teachers, and probably all teachers, spend more time with the clients than they do with coworkers. Our moments together are brief and despite the jokes, bawdy conversations, the shouting, the confusion, the horror, the deep intellectual discussions, the weirdly childish thoughts, and the oddball nature of the people who are in this profession–remember what I said before; diversity is not a strong enough word for this family, I do really miss those stolen moments between classes.
As it is strictly a numbers game, I am sure that there are a bunch of people that I won’t see face to face anytime soon. By the time we get back to those numbers, some of them might have moved on. Some might find something better or some might find the same things somewhere else. Only time will tell.