I'm sorry to take the spirit away from Christmas, but: First of all, I'm really hurt at the lack of responses from my previous thread, "30+ things I miss about teaching." I was expecting ALL KINDS OF responses like, "Oh, I can relate to that!" or "I had a student who did that also!" But all I got was a couple of responses saying, "That list doesn't sound like inspiration." In light of that, I'm thinking about (not decided) voluntarily going missing. NOBODY cares about me, neither on the Internet or in real life. I can't get a teaching job in Germany because of the European Union. I can't get a job in the Ukraine because I'm OVERqualified. I can't get a job in Russia because I'm not qualified ENOUGH (besides, there is a lot of red tape to get a visa for that country). I haven't tried Asia (which is probably the #1 hotspot for ESL), but I know I would have to obtain a Chinese or South Korean visa in my HOME country (the U.S.). That leaves me with Latin America. So, I figure, get a job teaching in Latin America, preferably with a school that offers FREE room and board, that way, no need to use a bank or ATM. I've seen enough Investigation Discovery shows to know that when a person goes missing, the first two things a private investigator checks are cell phone records and bank account activity. I don't have a US cell phone anymore, so that's not an issue. I do not care, in fact, I would LOVE to fall victim to human trafficking, and work on, say, a sugar plantation somewhere in the Caribbean or Latin America (free room and board, right? :lol Then, I'll be declared legally dead in seven years. This is kind of an alternate option to suicide, since everyone (including A to Z members) knows I'm too scared to do it and so I'm not going to. But, but, but, but, but, but, but, but....for you teachers (or anyone) out there who have children of your own: Do you think this is a cruel thing to do to my parents? This is probably the only thing stopping me. I have seen on Investigation Discovery shows about missing people how the parents always go in front of the camera and say things like: "Is s/he dead or alive?" "If alive, is s/he being held captive?" "Is s/he being given adequate food and shelter?" "Why won't s/he come forward and say something?" or even: "If the kidnapper is watching this, please release my child! I promise I won't press charges. I just want him/her back in my life! (tears)" I don't want my parents to know that I failed at my attempt to get a job in Germany, so I want to "drop out of society." I've heard many adults voluntarily go missing every year, so this is NOT a new concept. Also, I'm sure many A to Z Teacher forum members would like a break from me and my posts as well! In spite of this negative post, happy holidays and I wish teachers a great spring semester!