Sunday, June 17, 2007

preparing to say goodbye

I've never been good at saying goodbye. I hate when things come to an end. Even the end of beach vacations with my family leave me teary-eyed. The last day of school is by far, my least favorite day of the year. I would prefer to teach the day before Christmas over and over again before I suffer through the last day of school. Maybe that's why looping sounds so appealing to me. A teacher at a nearby school looped with her children from 1st to 5th grade. That sounds like heaven.

It has been a difficult year, but it is still so hard to say goodbye. The minute the kids walk through your door at the open house you fall in love with them. They become your family, as you spend more time with them, thinking about them and working for them than anything else in your life. You're proud of their achievements, you laugh at their jokes, and on your drive home from work you constantly think of the funny things they said, and how you can teach them even better tomorrow.

I'm going to miss them. I think I may have gained new wrinkles this year, and I know I need to see a dentist about grinding my teeth at night, but this was a memorable class and I'm not ready for it to be over. I think I am more nervous about the last day of school than I am about the first day. Wish me luck tomorrow!

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