This week — let’s be honest — this month and a half has been insane. The end of school might seem like a gigantic joy for a teacher but it is so much work. I teach 5th grade and our students are moving on to the local Middle School next year. There is so much extra work around that. Today, I will go in and fill out report cards and then prepare the academic awards for the end of the year. We are on a countdown to our Advancement ceremony on Thursday — the last day of school. There is so much to do with that — rehearsals, learning songs, all the students carrying all their chairs to the MP room at the same time so that we have enough chairs in there. Oh my. So much to do and think about. Wheeee!
In the middle of all this, my family wants my attention. I need a break. Last night, we took Ruthie to her flute lesson, got the oil changed in my car, and we met friends for dinner at a fun, noisy pizza place. It was perfect. A couple of glasses of wine, some good food . . . just perfect. I got a glimpse into the reward of summer.
This will be my first summer that I am not teaching summer school. I am so happy. I know, however, that no matter how much time I have, there is not enough time to do everything that I want to do. Irritating, that is but true.
I’m reminding myself to take moments. So, when I saw these tiny pink blossoms outside the oil change place last night . . . I took a moment. Macro photography is wonderful — you immerse yourself into a tiny world. There is a “Where’s Waldo?” aspect to this picture — find it and get the perspective you need to know how tiny and how pink I had to make my world last night in order to find a sense of peace.