Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Hip Hip Hooray and Sniff Sniff

I won't lie... I have been looking forward to this day for about 3 weeks now. My first year has been a crazy ride of amazing moments, frustrating moments, confused moments, what-the-hell-did-I-get-myself-into moments, loving moments and I-love-what-I-do moments. That's a lot to deal with. Basically, I've been looking forward to the end so that I may start again, this time feeling like I know what I am doing. Fresh start!

But in all that thinking about me, I haven't really thought too much about the 21 little lovies that I am going to say bye to today. We had a fantastic morning of special projects and a movie... with one small glitch between the project and the movie* everyone has been in a great mood, having fun and well behaved (if kids are happy they behave -- did you all know that? I think a lot of adults don't). I am having a good time sitting back and reflecting at how they have grown this year. Amazing.

Right now they're in the cafeteria eating pizza and rejoicing that it's a Tuesday and they get to sit next to whomever they want - normally they sit boy/girl except on Fridays. We will have a long recess with popsicles and then our last Choice Time. It all seems so final. This is it for them and me. I'm pretty darn sad about it. It's like the last day of camp... always heartbreaking for me.

So I will "see" you all in a month... teachers are due back July 21st. I plan to sleep in, lay out in the sun, travel, and plan for next year. I will soak up the quiet time and enjoy not hearing my name said over, and over, and over, and over... Have a great break!

*My kids don't seem to understand that you can have more than one friend and they choose their one friend by announcing to the unlucky kiddos who weren't chosen. Insults were said, tears flowed, feelings were hurt... oy vey. We had a whole class discussion and explained our heart has room for many friends and each year our heart grows bigger to fit more friends. Let's hope that message stuck.**

**One little girl proceeded to tell another girl she was not her friend 5 minutes after our talk. I sent her to the hallway to think about how she made the not-friend feel. Admittedly I forgot about her and after 25 minutes our AP walked in and let me know that I can't leave a kid in the hall unsupervised. Doh. The teary eyed girl came in sorry for what had happened. Lesson learned by both of us!

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