Have you ever had one of those weeks?
You know the kind.
The ones where you are counting down the days to Spring Break. The ones where you think, “If I can just make it to Friday, I’ll be fine.”
That was me this week. It was no one thing – it was many things. More than anything, it is working with students who are struggling. Some of them struggling in very public and intensive ways. It is hard. I know kids do well if they can and that I believe it is our job as a school to create the conditions where all kids can succeed, but it’s hard work. Emotionally draining work.
Hence, the countdown to Spring Break…
I am not writing this to complain about how hard my job is or that schools are broken, but more of an appreciation of all that is good. In the midst of a day and week that was as hard as any I remember, there was some moments that made me realize why I am so thankful to be an educator.
On Thursday morning I was in the gym just as a Kindergarten class was about to do the Virginia Reel. They had been working hard and were doing a bit of a performance. One of the girls was missing her partner, so the teacher who shall (not) remain nameless (Cathy Brickenden) put me on the spot and asked if I would join in.
How do you say no to a 5-year-old girl.
So dance I did. For five minutes, everything that was on my mind was gone. I was just playing with the kids and they were loving it as much as I was. I was truly lost in the moment just enjoying being there and laughing with the kids. There is even video evidence, but that is not making it on this page 🙂
Our school has the most amazing breakfast club (that’s another post). Once in a while I go in and flip a few pancakes to lend my support for the wonderful service they give our school. Well I forgot that I volunteered to do it this week and on Thursday night I was kind of dreading it because I knew how busy my Friday was going to be. However, I hate to renege on a commitment, so off I went and was it ever worth it. Again, spending a few minutes with kids who were so excited to eat a pancake that I made was amazing. Especially, since all I did was put it on the griddle and flip it. Being there with the kids, greeting them laughing with them and spending a few minutes with our amazing volunteers gave me energy and immediately lightened my mood.
I guess this post is more for me than anyone else. It is a reminder to me to the importance of committing a little time. It is the small things and taking the time to enjoy the moment. When I do that, I am able to appreciate all that I have and how lucky I am to work in the school I do, with the kids we serve and with the most dedicated and talented staff I know.