Yesterday I worked in my classroom. After spending a couple of decades in a classroom the task gets easier and easier. I know what needs to be done and what works best for me. I know what I need to do this week and next week, and what I need to do after the students have arrived. I don’t have much of that “first week of school” anxiety anymore- just the sweet anticipation of meeting new friends.
However, the transition from home to school is still difficult on a personal level because I have to make accommodations in my life in order to be away from home all day. I know that sounds like self-centered whining to people who work a year-round 8-5 job. Been there, done that and I understand your criticism. But it is a legitimate alteration in perspective to go from a lengthy vacation back to the structure and schedule of working. I have to figure out how to continue caring for the garden and taking a few photos and writing my blogs and doing my research within a much smaller time frame. That usually means giving up a few things here and there and staying up a little later and being more efficient with the time I have. And that usually takes a month to accomplish with any success. Each year tends to be a little different, depending on what projects I’m trying to complete.
One of the things I have to save for weekends during the school year is my visits with the neighborhood livestock. I know that is a silly little thing, but it reminds me so much of my childhood and keeps me grounded. I do have to confess that my photo journeys have not gone well lately, I suppose due in part to the drought. When the cows and horses see my pickup they run to me and gather at the fence to see if I have brought them anything. So it is probably best to wait until after a few good rains before I try to visit again anyway. Perhaps by then they will be fat and contented and not so interested in me.
I won’t have to worry about keeping the vegetables watered when school starts! The only plants left in the garden are okra and tomatoes. I gave up on keeping the rest several days ago. Nothing was producing well and our forecast is 100+ for the next week with very little chance of rain. I even pulled up the watermelons and cantaloupes because all of them had been “tasted” by the hungry critters. I’m beginning to wonder what foods are left out in the woods for the wild animals. Everything seems to be suffering this year.
And yes, the biggest accommodation I must make for my career is wearing shoes! LOL Time to get civilized once again. I can’t abide flip-flops or whatever you call them and my feet are far too ugly for sandals, so it’s back to shoes and socks for Mrs. Maurer.
I’m getting my act together and getting ready for the best school year ever! How about you?