By Jennifer Richardson

I don’t know if any of you are in the current dating scene. I did not envision dating at the age of 50, but, here I am. Years ago I was heard stating that I would NEVER participate in on-line dating. What is that saying…never say never? Here I am, age 50, participating in on-line dating.

Many people do not REALLY understand the life of a teacher. My own mother would tell you that she had absolutely no idea until she had a teacher in the family. As I navigate the dating world, I can tell you that many men have no idea what teaching is like.

I don’t have the job that begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:00. I have that job where I have to be at school at 7:30 to prepare for the IEP meeting at 7:50. I don’t have the job where I walk out the door with students at 3:15. I have that job where one of my students is held off of the bus because of safety concerns and I sit with her until 4:00 until a parent can pick her up. I don’t have the job that is done when you walk out of the school building. I have the job where you walk out of the school building with a laptop and many documents that will have to be worked on that evening or over the weekend. Some weeks are worse than others.

So, as I navigate the modern dating world, I have to find someone who is understanding and tolerant of the teacher lifestyle. Wish me luck!