Eight days have passed already. The room was ready - okay, not as cutesy and stylish as I would have liked, but ready. While getting very depressed over the room decorations, or lack of, I was hit with a very profound thought. I have taught for over 35 years and have the joy of seeing lots of my former students. When they come back no one has ever mentioned how pretty they remember my room being. I have heard about how much fun our poetry notebooks were - several mentioned they could still remember the poems and said them to their children at night. They mention when we "went" to Japan and ate Japanese food and sang Japanese songs. They talk about the wonderful books I read them. Not one has ever said "wow, those were some bulletin boards!" There is a lesson there. Mostly for me. I still want an attractive room. That is important to living inside it for a year. But as long as I am ready, really ready for those wonderful kiddos, the rest will work out.
I have a great group - 16 really cute kids. I am blessed already just by getting to know them. It is going to be a good year, I can feel it. Do I wish I could back to last year's job? Oh, yes. I loved it. It was so different and challenging. But you find joy where you put it. I plan on putting lots of it into this year.
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