Friday, May 27, 2011

Onto Summer

Yesterday I concluded my last day of the school year!  I'm sure I say this every time, but the very last day of school always brings on a sort of bittersweet feeling.  On the one hand, it is an enormous sigh of relief,  knowing you no longer have to wake up at the break of dawn, plan lessons, grade papers, fight to capture and maintain the students' attention, etc., etc.  But on the other hand, it makes me feel sad that I will never be these kids' teacher again.  We bond with each other throughout the year and they start to feel like family to me.  Even the little crap heads that drive me nuts start to feel like family (ironically, it's always these same ones that end up visiting me three years later, too).

I started class yesterday by having an end-of-the-year raffle.  After that, we all sat down and watched a photo story of pictures I took throughout the year; everything from "Pajama Day" to "Crazy Hat Day."  I make one of these every year and set it to music; it always ends up making the kids cry.  After the photo story, we played games.  I ended up playing Uno, Scattergories, Twister (that one was pretty funny), and some charade's game in which you had to act out and sound out two completely unrelated things (the first time, I had to sing like a fairytale princess while creating a sculpture, the second time I had to toast a marshmallow while giving my Miss America acceptance speech).  Seventh period asked if we could do one big giant group-hug outside, so that's exactly what we did.  I know it's corny, but it was awesome.  It was the perfect way to end the year.

After cleaning up my classroom, turning in my grades and relinquishing my keys, I went to La Casita with Niecy and three other teachers to enjoy a few margaritas in celebration of the end of the school year.  The hostess, who happens to be the mom of one of my students, treated us to a round of shots.  I'm not sure what it was a shot of (pretty much burned all the way down), but that, along with my two margaritas, left me feeling very relaxed and pleasant.  When I got home later, no one was there, and I was feeling way too happy to be alone.  I finally found them at the dojo, where I stayed for awhile, just cheerfully chatting with people.  Today I was hoping that it wasn't too obvious that I was a tiny bit inebriated (doesn't "inebriated" sound so much better than "drunk"?).

Now onto summer!  I have lots of plans, but I don't want to list them because I don't want to set myself up for failure.  Gotta love that unwavering confidence.  I'll just write about things as they come and go.        


  1. Congrats on another year finished. I wish I'd had the bittersweet feeling, but maybe I didn't because I'm not really a teacher. I did teach my class, but I also know that next semester will be a different course entirely, with new challenges. Also, being a student myself, I was just plain worn out and glad to see it go!

    I need to take a lesson from you and not list my summer to-do list. I set myself up for failure every time! I hope you have a nice summer and get everything that you want to do, done.

  2. Gongrats to you too on finishing your school year, and good luck finishing that list! Who knows...this summer may be the year you surprise yourself. ;-) I'm keeping my to-do list (my mental one, haha) short this year. I have a few home-projects I'd like to do, and some smaller goals (ike taking the kids to the library at least once a week). But other than that, I'm just going to take things day by day, and try to enjoy every moment.

  3. Another year bites the dust! Sounds like you had a great last day. Were you wearing your "Graduation Glasses"? (Is that what you called them? LOL?)

  4. How funny that you tracked your family down after our gathering. I was just happy to make it home, although I don't think I would have driven if I really felt I couldn't. As you know, my family was home and I continued my party there. They thought I was crazy, but that's because I don't do it very often anymore. It's too hard to recover!

    I understand your feelings on the last day of school with the students. I feel very much the same, but was extremely ready for a break this year. I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to have some time off. I'm even out walking again and, as you know, I am going on the big scleroderma walk on the 5th. It was a spur of a moment decision, but made so much sense. I wonder why I have never done it before considering this is the 9th Annual. I think it's because I have kept the whole disease thing some what private (people sometimes ask me because I've let things out at work), but now feel that I should be a voice for it in bigger ways. As soon as I decided to do that, "the walk" showed itself to me!

    Thank you, my dear friend, for your pledge. Daniel and I are looking forward to walking and John will be there for support. I am looking forward to meeting Loretta and her family also. This has been a great summer so far. I'm feeling great! I hope you are feeling wonderful yourself.

  5. I'm so happy that you are participating in the scleroderma walk! I think you're going to come out of it with some new friends, and an awesome experience to file away in your memories for this summer. I can't wait to hear (or read) all about it!

    I think you really should think about what Mr. J said, and take this entire summer JUST for yourself. Don't go to work, don't think about work, don't plan lessons...etc. I know that's really tough for you, but your mind and body desperately needs the break.

    Such a shame that it takes you so long to recover from drinking! For some reason I don't experience any after-effects from drinking. Even drinking binges (which are few and far-between, but do happen once in awhile) have left me feeling normal the next day. It's weird. I still have no idea what a hang-over feels like.

    I'm glad your summer is going so great! Mine is wonderful so far and I currently never want to go back to work! Never ever! ;-) --Jo

  6. Oh, and yes Shan, I was definitely wearing my "graduation goggles"! --Jo


Thanks for your comment!