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A new school year starts this week; full of promise and possibility.  I am as ready as I can possibly be -- and, as usual, I am a nervous mess.  There will be new kids to meet, and new classes to tackle, and I am awash in anxious feelings.  What if they don't like me, what if I can't engage them in this new material, what if I'm just no good at any of it...?

My dreams are chaotic and full of disturbing imagery.  I wander lost and helpless through a landscape that I don't recognize, but which still seems vaguely familiar.

Not to worry, however.  It is fine, really.  This mental fussing is just part of getting into the pattern and rhythm of the school room.  I am, actually, entirely ready and relatively certain that my preparations throughout this summer will set the stage for success for me and for my students.  I am physically healthier than I have been for a couple of years -- no major aches and pains, and feeling hopeful that I may even have found a set of things that can help to minimize my migraine issues, too.  I look at my face in the mirror, and I can see my eyes sparkle back at me.  It has been a long while since the last time that sparkle was part of my daily look.  It has been a good summer, interestingly.  Even as we've worked hard to come through His knee surgery and the requisite rehabilitation, we've enjoyed the long, slow, lazy days and nights.  We've reveled in hours to spend together.  We've laughed and loved and learned, once again, how to be gentle with each other.  It has been a summer full of small things, and that seems like a very big thing.

I remember trudging back to school last August, uncertain that I had the personal resources or reserves to make it through the year.  I was, then, exhausted, beaten, and sad.  This beginning feels completely different -- vibrant with power and hopefulness.  I have been conscious about not looking backward; deliberate about focusing on what is.  Still, the contrast between now and then is amazing.  All the various, small steps toward health and healing have paid off.  There are now so many moments of joy and love and simple happy sweetness and peace.  I cannot point to a specific moment when life changed and showed up feeling good again.  I only know it has, and I am glad and grateful.

So, I am headed off into a brand new year, and I am nervous but also excited.  Nervousness will evaporate, I am sure, in the rush and spill of happy greetings and new adventures that lie ahead.



  1. Wiahing you a wonderful year! The children will be lucky to have you as a teacher.

    I used to get melancholy about this time after I retired. But not anymore...2 years and it disappeared.


  2. *I* have 2 weeks left before the kids show up .. nah nah nah!! it almost - ALMOST - makes up for how early you got off.. (grinning)

    Good luck with the new year !!

    It does help - doesn't it? - to have a positive outlook - so very glad you are in a good place

  3. I hope your year is great. You know you and I teach the same grade. I found out about a week before school began that I will no longer be a math teacher (I've been one for 23 years) now I'm only teaching Social Studies. Feels strange for sure.


    1. I've had 6th graders for math, science, and social studies for the last 6 years. Now, I'll still have 6th grade math, but will take on the 7th and 8th grade science. No more social studies for me -- I'll be giving up the Islamic studies project that I built from scratch, and I'm a little wistful. Oh well. There'll be other challenges.


    2. I'll be happy to take any ideas you'd like to share!

  4. Hearing how positive you sound makes my heart smile. What a wonderful gift that is for the children you teach too.

    Love and hugs xxx

  5. Anonymous11:07 AM

    I am so happy for you.


  6. Impish18:49 PM

    So good to hear that you are so well. You know the kids will have a great year with you on their team. They are lucky to have you to care about them.

  7. Anonymous10:15 AM

    There is much to be said for the long lazy days and nights....Happy new school year! Karen

  8. As a student I never once thought that my teachers could feel as nervous and inadequate as I did. Thank you for writing this. It reminds me how important it is to step outside of myself and see things through the eyes of another.

    I'm glad too to hear that you're feeling good. You sound very upbeat. I'm happy for you and you're right, you're ready for the new school year.


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