A little peace

7 Jun

Pretty flowers

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.

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6 Responses to “A little peace”

  1. jayne 7 June, 2008 at 9:14 am #

    It’s all about these moments, isn’t it? So glad you spotted them. Looking at these pink beauties just gives a sense of quiet and peace. :c)

  2. Pam 7 June, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    They’re beautiful – and here’s to wishing you some peace and quiet so you can write and do whatever you want to do!

  3. Miz S 7 June, 2008 at 12:22 pm #

    I see it! The little ant!

    Hang in there, Liza Lee. We’re almost done.

  4. Lynne 7 June, 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    Lovely pink.
    Breath in…
    Breath out…

  5. Mary 8 June, 2008 at 6:18 am #

    Liza, our high school principal once said, “running a school is like flying a plane – the take-off and landings are the most critical times. The rest in between is just auto-pilot.” So true. I didn’t teach but I know the pressure you feel. I always thought the end of the school year was the worst – I had to produce all the final grades… And boy do I miss those part-time summers!

    Hang out with your camera and look forward to a restful summer.

  6. robin andrea 8 June, 2008 at 7:16 am #

    That’s such a beautiful macro shot, liza. I see the little critter on one petal.

    I am so happy for you that you have the summer off. You’re going to love it!

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