hats off to my friend shirley who, as a substitute teacher, recently had to lead a classroom full of heinously immature seventh graders through a sheep eyeball dissection. yikes! listening to her talk about the perils of being a teacher, i realized what immense amounts of strength and patience are required. to be engaging and impress learning upon groups of mostly irreverent teenagers while also retaining composure and grace is a true act of juggling. thanks to all the teachers out there, sacrificing their sanity, calm and peace of mind in an effort to make a difference.