This week I have “car duty” and although it takes up thirty minutes of my usual preparation time, it is a great way to start the day. I get to see lots of students and their parents. I get to observe what kind of mood my students are in, and I get to observe the relationship of my students to their parents. Some students are moody and clingy and don’t want to get out of the car. Others hop out with a quick “I love you!” to mom and they are running to the door to greet their waiting friends. Some take the time to answer my greeting with “Good morning Mrs. Maurer” or “Mrs. Maurer, guess what I’m doing after school today!!” This is fair week, so there is lots of excitement.
Yesterday wasn’t the best start for me. I was a little worried about Karen, who is sick. I was preoccupied with the problems of some family members. I had a sinus headache and my throat was scratchy. I was mentally preparing for some student testing. I was thinking about the impending storm. But after the first three arrivals, after the first three smiles, I was thinking only of the students and the possibilities of the day. By the time I closed the front door and went to breakfast I was in a great mood. That’s one of the benefits of working with children.
I’m off to a better start this morning. Feeling better after the rain. I think it washed some of the pollen out of the air. I know we may not be able to access the playground today, but its Friday. We’ll think of something fun to do, like noodle blocks.
I hope your day is off to a great start!