It seems like every year the summer goes by faster and faster. As a child, I enjoyed summers- they gave me time to read endlessly, play outside for hours, travel to see family members, go to camps to meet more new people. Summer was a source of endless adventure, and I looked forward to it.
But…I also looked forward to going back to school. I enjoyed the routine, I enjoyed the environment, and perhaps more than anything, I enjoyed learning.
I have spent all of my professional career in education, and I can honestly say that I STILL get the same emotions about back to school. As much as I “needed” a break and a slower pace, after a little bit of travel and some extended quality time with Preacherman, I was ready to see the kiddos again.
Today, they were back. And there’s absolutely no feeling like the first day of school. This morning, I had the privilege to meet so many wonderful members of the Class of 2022. This morning, I met so many little faces of hope, of possibility, of excitement; and I got overwhelmed with the same feeling I get every year when working with students: gratitude.
I am grateful that God called me to work in education.
I am grateful to have a job in education that I love and that contributes to my life’s purpose.
I am grateful for parents who trust me with their children.
I am grateful for previous students and parents who have shown me how to be better.
I am grateful for my current students who continue to defy statistics and prove what is possible.
I am grateful to work alongside (and to have previously worked with) some of the most caring, gifted, and talented educators.
Working education is tough. The days are long, but the years are short. It’s hard work, gut-wrenchingly tough work, that often times keeps you up far too late, or startles you awake far too early. But it is SO worth it. The time and energy spent investing in these lives is never wasted, and it is never in vain. I can’t always see the results of the seeds that are planted, or being watered; but I can trust and believe God for the increase- in them and in me.
Day one down. 189 or so to go.
Cheers to the new year!