It’s early June and life feels so sweet.
It’s Saturday morning, and I have plans soon to get my nails done and have lunch with my friend. It’s my friend who teaches in my same district, and I always enjoy our “shop” talk.. and life talk- so I’m super excited to hang out with her today.
It’s sunny and going to be hot hot hot today.
We opened our pool last weekend, but our son accidentally dumped all the junk on the cover into the pool while opening it, so we’re still working on clean-up. BUT… it’s getting close and should be crystal clear by later today.
We’ll hopefully have a relaxing weekend with a fire tonight and lots of pool, and maybe some bike riding time too.
I’m feeling lots of positivity with work too– which is still kind of unfamiliar and weird.
Last year, at the end, I noticed something that I thought was big. We had a staff meeting and everyone had to tell about a big success that year. There were quite a few teachers who talked about their most difficult student, and how that turned out to be their biggest success of the year. I thought that was profound.
Walking out with the RTI teacher that day, I told him this. “Next year we have to remember that the most horrible situations and most difficult students, might end up being the biggest success stories.”
I wasn’t thinking about me, I was thinking about all the gen ed teachers.
But I realized about a week ago, that this exact thing happened to me this year.
My little twin, M.
I was terrified of her in the beginning. It was so hard to get her to do anything. Even getting her to come down to my classroom was nearly impossible. I had to put on an entire “horse and pony” show to get anything done with her.
Yesterday I asked her if she was excited for summer vacation.
She shook her head no and frowned. She started talking fast, most of which I couldn’t understand but her gestures were clear. She was pointing at me and her and expressing her dismay. She was going to miss me, and since I teach near where we all live now, it’s taken every bit of will power to not email her (crazy) parents and tell them I’d be happy to babysit anytime this summer.
That’s not very professional, would probably be frowned upon by my district, but man I’m going to miss her this summer too. She has made such an incredibly mark on me, personally, professionally and spiritually.
My heart feels warm and full when I’m at home and I think about her. I hadn’t thought of that conversation with that RTI teacher last year, but when it hit me I thought it was funny. Never did I expect her to be my biggest success of the year (she and her twin have grown in leaps and bounds this year).
I’ve realized this past week or so, how many great things happened this year. With all the stress, all the changes, and some crappy colleagues, it wasn’t always easy to see, but there were a lot of successes.
I’ve grown into Parkview, and while I still have a lot of growing to do, I’ve become comfortable there and hope that I’m there next year.
If I get moved next year, I will try my hardest to be excited for the new adventure.
So I’ll be happy either way. It’s out of my hands, which feels happy and free.
I’m happy to work so close to home.
I’m happy to have both friends and family in the district.
I’m so happy it’s almost summer. Hubby has a few weeks off, and we are beginning to plan some awesome (some very simple and rustic) trips that I’m so excited for.
Oh, and also, I just found out about something called Ayurveda. There was an awesome sounding class near me, but I missed the first one so it was too late to sign up. I ordered some free books on audible about it and am going to learn about and start practicing it. I’m betting I already do practice some of it, but I’m really excited to learn more and start applying it to my life.
How awesome to be always learning and seeking new ways to live happily and healthily. This life is so sweet ❤
Ayurveda– the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.
Day #1529 of choosing ME ❤ ❤ ❤