Summer is here, the time of year we crave until it comes and we quickly remember it’s often more work than the school year itself. Nevertheless, there are so many glories to behold. Mornings are bright, beautiful, and early, the produce at the farmer’s market plentiful and gorgeous, and the late morning breakfasts at the local diner leisurely–unless you have a couple crazy boys in the mix, that is.
Remembering to view those two through the lens of gratitude is not the least bit difficult in the quiet moments; it is, however, fairly problematic in the brink-of-a-blow-out moments that are punctuated simultaneously with bodily noises, rich laughter, and a screech that alerts me to the fact that the fun has turned all bad. Putting them in their rooms allows me a respite to gather myself and remember these are the moments I will miss when they are grown.
As of tomorrow, school’s out and summer’s in. For teachers, this is what we call New Year’s Eve. Tomorrow the floors will get swept and the cats will get brushed and the produce will get washed and put away. Next we’ll clean our classrooms and pack up all the work we’ll take home with us to prepare for the classes to come in our New Year.
Today? Today is fun day. I am filled with love as I send my students off into the world and they leave with me small parts of their hearts I’ll treasure long after I forget their names. Sometimes, they also leave sweet gifts on my desk like the one that looks like flowers, but they’re really pens (“…and the red flowers are red pens!”) and the cards that say the kindest things you’d ever want to hear.
Best wishes to you, class of 2013. I’m so very thankful to have been a part of your journey. Thank you for trusting me to guide you a few more steps down your path.
And to us left behind, it’s summertime!
This week brings us closer to the end of school and the beginning of summer. We’re so close, it’s almost as if we’re unable to sit still. We run off to school dances, we draw our way through mixed emotions, and we pause to ponder the gift of being present in the every day.