It's not surprising, then, that I quoted that movie last week when I had a major victory of my own.
I got a job.
Yes, a job. A real, full-time, salary paying, benefit offering, kind of job. I will be in charge of a classroom of 5th graders from the start of the year until the end. I will know where I'll be everyday. I will be the one calling for a sub. I will be the one who decides where things go in the class.
Needless to say, I'm more than excited. I'm ecstatic. I've been told that there were 1100 applicants, 40 were interviewed, and 18 got jobs. I find it unbelievable that I beat those odds. It's all finally settling in, especially since I have been in orientation and training meetings for the past couple days and there are more ahead of me this week.
The morning after I received the job offer, Stein called me at home. "Are you still excited about your news?" he asked slyly. "I feel like Jack O'Callahan in Do You Believe in Miracles," I said. He laughed and asked why. "You know, the part when he's being interviewed about beating the Russians and how he felt when they did it. When he rolls his eyes in disbelief lets out a breath and says, 'Whoa. We beat those guys.' That's how I'm feeling."
I did it. Whoa. I beat those guys.