I'm a planner and organizer. I want everything in order and ready to go before school starts. I want to take time off without anything to worry about. I want to have my lessons prepared (or at least a good idea of them) and needed materials accumulated. I am not a procrastinator. Every 'i' dotted. Every 't' crossed. So... tell me why I closed up my room without getting everything ready to go for day one????
I have no idea. Except maybe that it is summer and my room was going to be cleaned so I couldn't put up bulletin boards and set things out. That's it! It wasn't that I didn't get it ready, it was that I couldn't.
Regardless of the hows and whys, there is work remaining that must be completed. My to-do list is growing longer by the minute. Shortening my summer with each passing task. I can't say that I mind it though. Teaching is in my blood and so is the prep work. I enjoy creating anything for my classroom. My home away from home. I'm just thankful for the time I can now devote to it.
And, I'm thankful for the time I can spend with family and friends or just staring out the window if I want to. I'm learning to be thankful for each phase of my life. And for each gift.
And that is what summer is.... a gift. Unwrap carefully.
(For more of Kim Frencken's writing and information about her educational products, check out her blog, Chocolate For the Teacher.)