I survived. We all did. Even the students.
There was a point where we questioned whether any of us would make it, but we did.
Another school year is officially in the books. It went by so fast. Part of me is thankful while another part of me says my world needs to slow down (I think I just accidently admitted that I have multiple personalities… someone is going to be mad or 7 someones).
As I make my way towards old age (and the sweet relief of retirement), time seems to march on at an unbelievably fast pace.
With the year coming to a close, I have taken inventory and concluded that I am no worse for the wear.
Some minor bruises, facial cuts, a case of exhaustion, and some slight permanent mental damage is all that I have found.
Nothing that a few weeks off can’t cure.
And a vacation. And some therapy. And a shock treatment. With possibly a small dose of medication to curb my hallucinations.
Even my chalk and erasers are feeling better (they have had 8 months to heal).
But, let’s focus on the positive things that have been accomplished during the year.
The kindergarten kids are first graders; the 8th graders are freshman; and the seniors are now officially unemployed.
School year; we hardly knew you.
While it has run its course for 2007-2008, it will return.
From registration to football to homecoming to Thanksgiving to Christmas break to semester exams to prom and graduation… it’s gone for now, but it will be back.
And as with most school years… it was time for this one to go.
Each school year has a very specific feel to it. When you graduate from teacher’s college they give you a diploma, several thousand dollars in student loans, and a sixth sense about the school year.
From the day you graduate, every educator can sense the beginning of school weeks in advance (some call this the July 4th dread) and the exact moment school should be out for the summer.
My gut said school should have been out about 3 weeks ago.
And my gut never lies (honest).
I don’t know what it was about this year. The students were good, the teachers well-behaved, and I kept my head above water for another 185 days.
It just seemed that we all needed a break (did I mention that was about 3 weeks ago?).
Nothing specific happened to bring this feeling on, it was just a sense I got.
Anyway, it is now over.
As much as I have been looking forward to the end of this year, I must admit that I am already looking forward to the 2008-2009 school year.
Man, these pills really work fast.