This is a bittersweet week for me.
Last week of school…
I’m excited for my students. Most are ready, willing, and able to go on to first grade. Some are a little anxious, but summer play will distract them until August.
I’m happy for my parents. They are so proud of their little ones! Some are going through this for the first time, others for the last time. Most realize this is only the first mile of their education marathon.
I’m sad to be letting go of this group because I will miss them. They are smart and funny and kind. They have given me something to smile about almost every day. But I know from past experience that I will see most of them periodically for years to come.
I’m happy to be letting go of this group because doing so means that we have accomplished our goals for this year. This group has worked very hard and includes some of the best students I’ve ever had the privilege of teaching.
I’m happy/sad on a personal level to have completed another year of teaching, especially since I didn’t begin until I was 49. However, each year puts me closer and closer to retirement and I don’t feel ready yet. I’d like to teach for at least two more years. One of those things I must leave to God.
I’m happy to have some “me” time! I plan to spend the summer reading, writing, gardening, and of course…taking pictures. I do all of those during the school year, but only in small bits and pieces of leftover time. It will be nice to be able to plan a photo trip or spend all day working on my book.