I have been teaching primary students for 35 years and still love our profession and the personal rewards it brings. However, excessive work hours can quickly lead to burn out, zap energy and creativity. My husband has always been bemused and a little frustrated when there is too much teacher talk at times, but as a civil engineer, his input has provided balance to hectic school life which helps add perspective and a sense of the normality in the "real world." We have noted how friends that are teachers who have married teachers have wonderful family holidays. Sometimes though, dinner party conversations can be a tad weighted with educational issues. Sometimes we can all talk a little too much and not listen enough. Relationships, family, health need to come first and should no be sacrificed for excessive work loads.Please leave early tomorrow!