Not since 2004, in the glow of newly-wedded bliss, do I ever remember 3 consecutive snow days. Back then, my young spouse and I passed the time with long treks through the piles of snow, delicious meals with his folks – who weathered the storm in our small apartment for 2 of the 3 days!
Here we are, a decade later, and we are on our second run of 3 straight snow days. In fact, the first stretch, was actually 4 days in a row with a two-week holiday break in there too! And the craziest thing – it’s. only. January.
Here we are, having made homemade pretzels, chocolate fondue, pies, crock-pot dinners, Valentine’s decorations, we’ve rearranged and clean most of the house, done laundry, exercised a bit, read a handful of books, and watched far too many movies. So, what’s left? Purging old computer files and finding a few keepers, like this one from May 2011.
I believe each day is a chance for a fresh start, a moment to erase past failures and reach new goals. I believe that despite my best efforts, I always start a school year stronger than I tend to finish one. I believe my seemingly endless revisions to lesson plans and classroom goals will eventually pay off. I believe teaching is hard work and sharing that work with intelligent, compassionate, strong colleagues will make me a better person. I believe my students have as much to teach me as I have to teach them. I believe in consistency and struggle to maintain it. I believe in taking time each and every day to let go of standards, to-do lists and be fully present in our lives.
Reading this both takes me back and makes me think of what lies ahead as I come to the half-way mark of my year leave of absence from teaching. It’s a decision and a test of faith that I have not, and never will regret ~ this, I believe.