August 29, 2023

Aly Gulamhusein
2 min readAug 30

It finally happened: we went to school today. Yesterday morning, we opted to stay in bed. This morning, we got ourselves up and out. Hannah even woke up early enough to go for a run.

Things are different, of course, but it felt like nothing had changed. Two months isn’t a very long time in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a sixth, 16.7%, of an entire year. In the smaller scheme, it matters.

I got in, found my computer, and checked my email. There was nothing I needed to respond to. I archived all the emails that were older than a week, making me feel like I’m finally on top of my correspondence. And then, it started — the requests.

Teaching is a team sport. I’m not sure which sport is most analogous, however. Thing is, it’s near impossible to run a successful program entirely by yourself. My role has organically become the keeper of the technology. Essentially, people come find me if they need something techy, like a computer, speakers, or a document camera. The end of last year was a bit chaotic so getting things sorted out for the beginning of this year is going to be a little bit of a mess. It’ll get done, just not as quickly as people might like.

Teaching, too, has to run on time. Bell times. There is a certain urgency that pervades everything we do. Even the never-ending projects have deadlines. As things have become increasingly digital, computer access has become crucial. I find that people are very particular about their technology, too, liking things to be a certain way. I want it my way, Backstreet wants it that way.

Overall, today was a reality check. It was good to go in, get a sense of where things are at, and then leave at the end of the day. Tomorrow, the plan is to go in for only a few hours to focus on getting myself set up and ready for the first day of school. Whenever someone asked me how my summer went, I told them that I started renting a workshop, probably because that’s where I would rather have been. It would’ve been much easier to wake up to go there.

Originally published at on August 29, 2023.

Aly Gulamhusein

Life is full of interesting events and experiences. Sharing stories about them helps breed a collective understanding of what we’re all doing. I’m into that.