By Jennifer Richardson

The title is not a statement of my inability to have a say in my life or job. I have lost my voice. It used to happen occasionally but, I haven’t had the problem in several years. I don’t really know why I have the problem now. I feel fine, other than the exhaustion that comes with using your entire body to communicate your message.

Civilians (non-teachers) would tell me to stay home and rest my vocal cords. Teachers would say that too, although they know they would still go to school if they were in my shoes. The school nurse insisted on taking my temperature (I am fine) and the speech therapist warned me about vocal strain.

Could the school live without me for a day so I could rest my weary voice? Probably. Will I stay home from school? Unlikely.

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