As much as I enjoy my time at home, as much as I enjoy doing research and writing and gardening and a variety of other pursuits, there is something so satisfying about teaching children. I was actually happy to return to work today. I was anxious to talk to the children and hear about their holiday. I truly enjoy the company of children. They are so open and curious and eager.
I also enjoy the structure of school. I like the rhythm of the day. I like the balance between laughter and quiet study, between play and work. I take pleasure in observing children and listening to their thoughts.
I’m a better person when I’m with children. I relate better to them than I do to other adults. I’m more patient and understanding and relaxed. Relationships with children tend to be about who you are inside and how you act, not about how you look or how much money you make. I like that!
Oh, don’t think I’m a saint. There are days when they drive me crazy. But those days are really few and far between. Everyone has a bad day now and then. And often the bad days are as much a product of my own mood as they are a product of student behavior.
So, back to work. Back to my other life. Time for a new month and a new year. But also time for the familiar rhythm of the school day and the delightful sound of laughter.