Friday, August 19, 2011

That Time of Year

I can't believe it's already that time of year. You know, the time of year when kids go back to school. Families fall back into routines and schedules. I love this time of year. I am seriously giddy with excitement as I think about all of the wonderful activities Micah and I can do this fall: Should we sign up for music class at the park district? What about going back to Gymboree classes? Story time at the library? And don't forget Beth Moore Bible study. And MOPS. And playdates with friends. I just love it. But what I love most is starting school.

I don't know if I'll ever go back to teaching, but I will always miss the first day of school. I love meeting new students. I always woke up super early because of the butterflies in my stomach. I was so excited, but I convinced myself that I couldn't beat the janitor there, who opened the school building. I loved planning new themes, new activities, new units. I loved showing my students how to organize their desk. Or how to write in their assignment notebooks. Later in the year things would get so busy I often couldn't take the time to do it with them, but always at the beginning of the year we took probably 5+ minutes every time we had homework. I loved it! Teaching them how to be organized. Setting them up for success. They were so full of potential at the beginning of the year. We all had clean slates. It was so exciting. There's so much about teaching that I will miss. Some I may be able to fulfill one day by teaching my own children, but I will always miss the first day of school.


  1. I was never a teacher (obviously, haha), but I can relate to the essence of what you're saying, and I have similar feelings about my own memories of starting new school years, from elementary up through college. It was always so new and wonderful! And I'm getting excited for fall, even though I don't think we really do anything special to celebrate it (although I would like to, I'm just not always a planner like that).

    Also, can I just say that I LOVE Beth Moore?! I'm done with my first book of hers that I've read so far, and I love the book, but I love her just as much! I think it's because she reminds me of someone I have/had in my life as a mentor/small group leader, but even without that, I think I would love her anyway. She seems to have such an endearing nature, and the way she says things just makes me want to cry in a good way. Very cool if you're going to that study this fall! :)

  2. You always loved the first day of school. Even Little Lambs and Sunday School.