Sunday, December 14, 2008

Apologies and Good-Bye (For Now)...

... I have a good friend who reads my blog and she's always on mind when I know I haven't posted in awhile. I feel bad about that because I hate it when I check my favorite blogs only to find that it hasn't been updated in days or weeks. So as I am sitting here plowing through report cards, I decided to take a procrastination break and type my last post (for now).

Some of you know that I started blogging during my first year of teaching. Teaching kindergarten at a Title I school was (and is) a challenge and after coming home night after late night, consuming too much wine to dull the stress, and then dumping it all on my ever-patient husband, I discovered that typing out my experiences was incredibly therapeutic (and better for my liver and marriage). A co worker's blog inspired me to do my own. I posted the good, the bad, and the really ugly. Soon I discovered other bloggers were reading mine and I was loving theirs. Snippety Gibbet, Elbows, Knees, Dreams and It's Not All Flowers and Sausages just to name a few. Snippety's accounts of teaching art to Kindergarten continuously entertained me, especially when I could spot references to my own students in her writing (she's a coworker). I follow Elbows because she seems to have my exact children the year before I get them and reading about her experiences comforts me -- even the tough ones. Sausages is just darn funny. There are times I think she embellishes and other times I think not. Regardless, it's very entertaining.

As you can see, I have enjoyed blogging about the ins and outs of my day but lately it's been hard. I am totally consumed with prepping for maternity leave and trying to keep my mind focused on my 19 five year olds, and not obsessing about the 37+week babe sitting on my pelvic bone seemingly pushing its way out with each step I take. Sitting down to reflect on the day has taken a back seat - a far back seat on my to-do list.

I have 7 more school days left and trust me when I tell you that I want to be there for them. I am a planner and I am planned to be with my kids right up until 2:40 p.m. on 12/23. It's Polar Express Day after all and who would want to miss that?!

If my baby wants to come early on the evening of 12/23 -- please do. If he or she wants to wait until after the due date of January 2nd, that's fine too. But for now, I am gently pleading with this infant-to-be to hold tight and wait for me to get some closure with my kids.

So I think this will be it for the time being. You might see a post mid-maternity leave entitled, "WTF is happening with my kids?!" but in all likelihood I'll be back when I return to the classroom this spring. Thanks for reading, have a Merry Christmas (or whatever it is you celebrate), and I'll be back in a few months, hopefully with some interesting, "while I was gone you'll never guess what happened..." posts.


Snippety Gibbet said...

Aw.........I'm going to miss you when you're gone....gone from school and from your blog. You've been a great help in reminding me that kindergarteners are not just tiny fifth graders. You have helped me to better understand their unique issues and quirks. I'll so miss you. I'm sure, however, that you will catch a glimpse of your kiddies from time to time.

But I'm so excited for you. What an exciting adventure for you!!!

Unlimited said...

Good luck with prepping for your departure from your 19 kids, while awaiting one of your very own. Wishing you the best!

kiri8 said...

I'm going to miss you! But it makes sense -- what with a baby on the way -- that you might take a break for a little while. I hope all goes smoothly and your maternity leave is filled with joy.

Thank you so much for the nice comments about my blog. I have really enjoyed reading yours, too. It will be nice to have you back in the spring!

Preschool Playbook said...

Wishihg you a very Merry Christmas also. And good luck and best of health to and that new baby.

Robin said...


I found your blog this fall (sorry I don't quite remember how). I was home on maternity leave from teaching first grade and missing it! Reading your blog made me feel connected to that part of myself. Thank you! Enjoy your baby- I will miss you, but couldn't be more excited for all the new adventures you'll be having. Perhaps you'll find some time to blog about them!

Angela said...

Just found your have a new subscriber. I'm enjoying the honesty of your posts.

See you whenever you return... :-)

Maegan Slaten said...

I love your blog!! I too am a first year kindergarten teacher in an inner city title 1 school. I have had a tough year and I have also found blogging "the good, bad, and ugly" to be therapeutic! I'm glad I'm not alone :)