There is just one week until I go back to school, and I’m nursing a wicked sunburn by slathering on the aloe every few hours. We neglected our garden terribly this summer, you see, and Sunday we got serious and spent several hours weeding it. It was a beautifully cool, sunny day. I didn’t think we’d be out there long. I didn’t think about sunscreen. But now I think about my shoulders a lot. I also think about my fingers which are blistered from the friction of pulling weeds.
There is just one week until I go back to school, but the school in my town started today. The roar of school buses and the sleepy chatter of students walking to school reminded me that my days of unlimited free time are slipping away.
There is just one week until I go back to school, and I feel like there is more I should have done or should be doing to prepare. It’s been so long since I’ve done a real first day of school. Last year on the first day of school, I was an aide, and my class sizes were miniscule and I didn’t have units to plan or standards to hit or a multi-part evaluation to constantly prepare for. Then, when I started my actual teaching job a month into the school year, I didn’t have time to plan for anything. This year, I had the need and the time, but I felt like I forgot how to do this. I am thankful not to be starting all over, though. While I will certainly be making changes and adjustments this year, I’m still in the same school with the same principal and mostly the same colleagues. Many of my 8th grade students were my 7th graders last year, so I won’t even have all new faces in the seats. All that will be very nice. And even if I am a bit disorganized this year, it can’t be as bad as last year. I hope.
There is just one week until I go back to school, and I didn’t do all the things I’d hoped or planned to this summer. I thought I’d go to the university’s art museum and nature preserve, but I never got there. I thought I’d go camping more than once. I thought I’d go canoeing. I thought I’d have all summer to play with Stephan, but he was gone much of the summer for work. Still, I tried new foods and a couple of crafts. I finished knitting an afghan and started on another one. I went to a conference and earned 15 points toward the renewal of my teacher license. I went to two state fairs (the Indiana State Fair is lots more fun than the Ohio State Fair — sorry, Buckeyes) and took an overnight trip to Columbus, OH. We got some kitchen redecorating done and had the exterior of our house painted. I had very little routine this summer, which is hard for me, so I didn’t feel like I got much accomplished, but when I really think about it, I guess I did.
There is just one week until I go back to school. I am looking forward to it. I am dreading it. I am learning to be content with what God has for me.