Good morning Everyone!
This week, in my town, teachers, students, parents and bus drivers are all participating in a count down. The key number today is four.
The students are gleeful about it but oblivious to the idea that the rest of us may be excited too. When the doors are closed and no students around, the teachers are dancing jigs over it. Parents can feel a level of stress lifting off of their shoulders as the date approaches, while the bus drivers can’t help but look forward to the chance to sleep in just a little.
I am referring, of course, to the last day of school. While many schools up north and in other parts of the country will continue through most of June, down here in Alabama, most school systems stop the year around Memorial Day. Our system is no exception. The last day of school is Thursday, and I think everybody is more than ready for it. I know Kayla is looking forward to it, and I am excited about the reprieve I’ll receive from being the homework and grade policeman.
What I didn’t realize until I was a teacher for about three years, many years ago, was how much the teachers look forward to the summer break, too. All during the last week, the expectations build until the day the students are released. The work days afterward to tidy everything up until next year are anti-climactic; the true start of summer for teachers is the last day the students are there. I always said that the best part of teaching was the students, and the worst part of teaching was the students. I can only imagine how much truer that saying is now, over twenty years later!
So here’s to a smooth last week of school, and a happy, restful summer! We’ll leave the wishes for next year on hold until the school year starts again in August.
Have a great day everyone!
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Good morning Everyone!
It is well-known at my household that I have a gift for being absent-minded. My family is resigned to the fact that I will forget the dinner choice they made in the den after I walk the ten feet or less it takes to reach the kitchen and have to ask again. Kayla, when she leaves the house to catch the bus, makes sure that she locks the front door to the house so I won’t forget. while Mark is very patient when he asks me for something from the kitchen, I leave, go in there, putter around for a while and then return to the den without his original item. Kayla knows when the two of us are riding around to do something to speak up when I am about to pass the original destination, having already forgotten what that was.
Yesterday, I reached what must be the pinnacle of absent-mindedness for any mom – I forgot to pick up Kayla! She has been riding to and from school on the bus, but on Thursdays I pick her up from the house and take her to art, then pick her up from art at the end of my workday.
Yesterday, although I knew I had to pick Kayla up from art when I left the office, I had forgotten by the time I reached the driveway of our house. I remembered Kayla just as I pulled up into the driveway, so I immediately left and returned to art to get Kayla.
I called our art teacher, Bonnie, to let her know what I had done and that I was immediately turning around to pick up Kayla. Bonnie is always a very good sport about things and I was so amused at myself I told her what had happened When I picked up Kaya, she was outside Bonnie’s The Cottage Gallery, waiting for me with that gleeful l look all children get when their parents manage to mess up on something.
After we got home, Mark told Kayla not to worry; he’d always send me back to get her – we would never want to do that to Ms. Bonnie!
Have a great day!
Posted in Just stuff..., When things don't go as expected, working mom
Tagged absent minded, absent-mindedness, art lessons, Bonnie Luckie, bus, forget, humor, picking up child, school, The Cottage Gallery