First semester is over. Grades are in and Christmas break has come to a close. So what do I do to celebrate my first day back and a new year at St. Louis University High School?
I watch a movie with the other ASC; we’re too exhausted to do much else. The movie of choice, The Royal Tenenbaums, happened to be very fitting for my first semester experience. A movie wrapped with an ironic and absurdist sense of humor, it follows the lives of three very gifted but somewhat dysfunctional siblings and their rise and fall in fame. I’ve noticed that working in a high school can be very similar to a Wes Anderson movie, very absurd at times.
The Tenenbaum family is such a colorful and cantankerous bunch but you gain a quirky respect for the idiosyncrasies that make them difficult. There are days my students make the Tenenbaums seem docile; but, similarly, I have gained a quirky respect for their idiosyncrasies. It was those idiosyncrasies that I missed over Christmas break. I was probably more excited to see them on January 5th than they were to see me. At day’s end when I stumbled back home exhausted, a part of me couldn’t help giggling at the absurdity of the day’s events and astounded at how much I love my job.
I am excited for this next semester and hope I can continue to relish each of the minute details that make my life and Wes Anderson’s films a work of art. Tiny details such as the sheer joy I have received from students saying “Hi Coach” in the hallway. If my ASC year was a West Anderson Movie I know I would have to watch it multiple times so that I (a) could try to fully comprehend the whirlwind of this whole experience and (b) keep finding new and beautiful themes throughout it.
Happy New Year! Here’s to another great semester!