This was the first day of school in over a decade that I was not greeting a new set of students.
How did it feel you ask? Kind of glorious to be honest, but mostly bittersweet.
When you spend year after year setting up a classroom then teaching, nurturing, evaluating, etc – and then you decide it’s time for another chapter in your life to begin, you really reflect on the countless hours of work and preparation you put in.
Was it worth it? Sure. Did I love it? At the time, yes. Do I regret leaving? No.
It was definitely time for me to make a change. Don’t get me wrong – leaving an amazing staff was tough, but I knew I needed to move on. If I had gone back into the classroom this year I anticipate I would have burned myself out long before March – the usual time of year when burnout for me occurs.
This September marks a change in my life, a welcome one. Maybe in a few years I’ll return to the classroom, refreshed from making that necessary change. We’ll see.
There’s no denying summer goes fast every year, sadly of course. But I really can’t complain that today it is September. My summer has been full of amazing experiences and I got to cross many to-dos of my to-do list.
I’ve always lived where there are four explicit seasons (well, Alberta spring and fall are questionable). I’m not sure what it would be like having the same climate all year because I do love fall. I love the coolness in the air in the mornings and evenings; I don’t mind throwing on a light sweater. Fall for me is like New Year but the weather is better and it lasts longer. I’ve always looked forward to the start of a new school year. A ripple in the calendar year when new programs begin, when we pick up new clothes/supplies for the changing season, when many of us have a fresh start and a refreshed outlook thanks to time away at summer.
So enjoy your Labor Day weekend. And remember – along with fall also comes apple and pumpkin picking, changing colors and pumpkin beer! Cheers. 😉
Pumpkin patch near Bethpage, LI
Summer recap to come…