Tuesday, August 26, 2008

back in the saddle

There is no saddle in my classroom, or at my school, or even near me in any fashion but I've always enjoyed that saying. I aspire to being back in a proverbial saddle at all times (of course that would be impossible considering getting back into it would mean I've gotten out/off it at some point). Digression.

Today was my first day back to school - just for meetings and organizing and seeing students as they picked up schedules, but it was still a first day and it definitely had that back to school feel (which will soon require the Happy New Year post). And, as usual, it was delightful with a side of anxious - I am so very blessed by my coworkers, fellow smart & funny [yes I just vainly called myself smart & funny] people who care about our students until our eyes burn; my classroom in all its wacky clutter continues to bring me great joy; I love to see the kids again, especially when they try to act all cool and distant but HELLO, you took the time to come by school while it's still summer - we know you like us; I'm excited about the classes I'm going to teach, the plans I've made.

Yet I get a bit wiggy when I start to think about the things I still need to do - little silly (yet strangely meaningful) stuff I meant to do these past couple of months, like make a birthday chart or sort bulletin board materials by month & season. Or things I wanted to establish at home before school starts, so I can maintain a feeling of balance - weekly menus, housecleaning system, exercise regimen. Suddenly the Hooray September! float I'm on has become a giant ball rolling forward; my feet are slipping and skipping to keep from falling off. Still thrilling but also nerve wracking and exhausting.

Hey, there's my exercise! What's the worry?


CamiKaos said...

OOH... but you're back to school WITH a tattoo.

Shana said...

Tattoo? Do tell!

shrink on the couch said...

Let go of that never-ending, never-finished to-do list. It's all about now.

Hope you're off to a great school year! Its such a relief to know there are teachers who welcome our kids returning, rather than dreading.

~Swankymama said...

Your kids are going to really think your the bomb with that new tattoo!!!

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

I say we work in some walks at our new park. The kids could ride bikes and we could see each other now that you are headed back to work.


Just a notion.

Bearden 365 said...

I feel the same way about organizing. My time is ticking away and I HAVE TO GET IT ALL DONE BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS!! ;-)

Here's to a new year!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

"I'm on has become a giant ball rolling forward; my feet are slipping and skipping to keep from falling off. Still thrilling but also nerve wracking and exhausting."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

dkuroiwa said...

I think I miss most that 'first day of school' feeling...there was always a sense of something exciting in the air..a feeling of greatness to come...which for me, usually disappeared by the third week...but that first day was awesome!! :-D


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