I’d like to begin by giving a huge shout out and thank you to Debi Hammel for sending a utensil care package to 219 yesterday. Your generous gift will help many a kid fill their faces. Thank you, too, for giving me the blessing and privilege of sharing experiences with four of your lovely kids. I miss Kayla, Lex, Lorissa, and Shane. I am excited to share more experiences with the others on the way. Thank you, Debi.
Yesterday was a rare day in 219. It was eerily quiet and peaceful. It was a work day, and I was available as always, but unlike always, the kids didn’t really need me. And while on some level that bums me out, on another level it was a much needed treat of time. I got less behind, not caught up, but less behind, and that I believe is the life of a teacher. It is a mad, nine-month scramble through which we constantly struggle to keep our heads above water. Yesterday, I got to float. I got to breathe. But so did the kids. As Kaila shared sixth period, “Sy, this is exactly what I needed. I am so stressed out with all that we have to do. Thank you.” No, thank you, Kaila. Thank you, all. It’s exactly what I needed, too.
Of course, it’s back to treading water today and avoiding drowning this weekend as I dive into a sea of student work, but it only makes me appreciate yesterday’s calm waters even more. Thanks for holding me up yesterday, kiddos.