|These were my brownies...and they were all gone:)|
So after I compulsively cleaned up and fed everyone, I ran back in to my classroom, grabbed my purse, and hurriedly left. Going back into the empty room always makes me sad. I just can't face it right after the kids leave. Before school starts I can spend days happily puttering around in my room. Before school starts I am hopeful and excited about what the year may bring. The last day makes me sad. Sad about the moments that I can never recapture, sad about the projects we never got to, and sad that they grew up and left AGAIN:) You would think that I would be used to that part after 25 years.
It usually takes a restless weekend before I can go back and face the classroom. I will wander around the house, starting little projects and leaving them to take a little nap. Lauren (Life in Middle School) and I have already been texting about what days we are going in next week, what notebooks we are going to work on, and making me a blog button for you all to grab. My mind keeps jumping from one thing to another and will not turn off.
So tomorrow, I will work in the yard, clean the house, and make time for a nap. Maybe by Sunday I can focus enough to make a list of what I need to accomplish over the summer break. And on Tuesday, I will have to go back to my sad empty classroom, but I will open the windows, and play my new Amy Grant CD as I tear down. Tuesday will be soon enough to clean out and reorganize for a good jump start on a new year.
If you have not finished your year, enjoy your last days with this year's crop! Try to throw in one more activity or project before they go. And then enjoy your summer break!