We have two weeks of our school year left, nine days. Summer is almost here! One would think that I would be feeling only happy thoughts that vacation is only 9 days away.
I will say that yes, I am excited that summer is coming. It's a time to recharge my batteries for the fall. To do the millions of things on my to-do list. The list that kept growing longer with every, "Oh, that can wait, I need to finish this for school." That room that needs painting, the closet that I need to clean out, seeing friends more often, projects that I haven't started, the stack of novels waiting to be read! I am excited to be heading to the beach on vacation with my family, feeling the sand and ocean between my toes! I am also looking forward to one of my side jobs, working the edcamp at the annual California Teachers Summit. It is one of my passions and I am excited to be part of this amazing event. Summer is indeed a wonderful time of the year!
You might find it unbelievable. You might think it's not true. You might even think I'm a bit nuts. Well, I am! I am crazy about my students. Crazy proud! Crazy happy! My students all have a place in my heart, we are a family. It has been wonderful watching them grow, gain confidence, be goofy, and show how large their hearts are. It is a great feeling to come to work and see their happy smiles and sparkling eyes. I love their excitement when they discover a new talent, their pride in their hard earned accomplishments. The compassion and love that they show friends in need has filled my heart with love. Over this past school year, we have grown to be a family. Now my littles are ready to move on. I wish them all the best, a future with lots of love and hope. They will always have a place in my heart and a hug ready for them. We will enjoy our last few weeks together: learning, giggling, and being a family. If you happen to see me all teary eyed, just know it's because I will miss seeing these smiling little faces everyday. It has been wonderful being a part of their lives and helping them learn and grow!
Shoot for the moon little ones, shoot for the moon!