The hot weather has set in with a vengeance so all of my routines of the summer have been reset to accommodate 100+ degrees. I’m still getting up at 4am, but now I make an effort to get out to the yard by 7am and finish watering, weeding, and any other chores by 9am. Gary mowed this morning and I attempted to do some trimming…until I ran out of string. Yep!...and no replacement. It will have to wait until Monday. I switched to a hoe and did some weeding and edging here and there. Filled the bird feeders and hummingbird feeders and bird baths. We just barely finished by 9:30!
Yard work isn’t the only routine that needs a “reset” in August. I told Gary that next week I’ll be too busy for daily nap. He laughed and said, “You’ll still take one; it will just have to wait until the minute you get home.” He’s right of course. A thirty-minute nap at 4:00 or 5:00pm sounds like a good plan. Just reset the old body so I’ll be awake enough to cook dinner.
My mind and attitude also have to be reset to teach a new class. Sometimes I have to remind myself how much my previous class matured between August and May! Even though most of my students have completed a year of preschool they are still like babies compared to the six year olds we send off the first grade each spring. So we begin the new year slowly and get to know each other and adapt to the rigors of kindergarten. There will be reluctance and perhaps even a few tears at first, but we all adjust. Playdoh and watercolors are my secret weapons!
Of course the major “reset” at the end of the summer is just relinquishing my time and mind and body back to the demands of others. I’m grateful for the weeks I’ve had to do what I want at my own pace, but now it’s time to do what I still love more than a vacation…teaching. Someone recently asked me again if I am ready to retire and I have to say the answer is “no”. As long as I am still eager to return to school and feel challenged by teaching a new class and am healthy enough to do so, I’d rather teach than anything else I’ve ever done.