Saturday, August 4, 2012


Yesterday I spent the day happily working around the house.  And while the body is occupied with trimming the lawn and bathing the Saint Bernard, the mind is free to wander.

I was thinking about how lucky I have been to have spent the past 16 years teaching elementary school.  It's a blessing and one that I hope I never take for granted.  There is absolutely nothing on Earth that matches the sense of "rightness" I feel when I am sitting in a classroom guiding the learning of a group of children.

I thought about those amazing kids entrusted to my care.  How they have brought me happiness, frustration and insight whilst keeping me on my toes.

I hate to think about the day it will come to an end but that day is not today.  I am in the middle of this journey and appreciate it so much.

I'm sure all this waxing sentimental influenced my dreams because last night I dreamt I was in my classroom reading with a group of children.

It was lovely.

Life is good!


Arielle Lee Bair said...

I love hearing that life is good!

Steve Reed said...

Indeed, life IS good.

(I love that you used "whilst." So British!)

Angella Lister said...

it is a rare and wonderful thing to do work you love. i love that backyard photo.

Gary said...

And all of you make life even better!

Xpressive Handz said...

Gary, I wanted to let you know I have nominated you for an award on my blog at my blog, Xpressive Handz. Further details can be found here

Have a wonderful weekend. It is almost the weekend, isn't it? :-)


Ms.M said...

I know exactly how you feel. I have not been teaching as long (going on my 9th year) but I love the way I feel when I am in my classroom.


Pauline said...

This makes me almost sorry I retired! Isn't it wonderful to feel the rightness of what you're doing?

Gary said...

Joyce - Thank you! Aren't you sweet?! I will go check it out.

Ms. M. - When I started teaching I was really energetic and full of joy at everything the kids did. I greeted them in the morning as they waved at me from the windows of the bus and accepted hugs at the end of the day. A teacher friend who was getting ready to retire told me, "that won't last". Happily it has. I dread thinking that my enthusiasm could fade. The days would be very long without a passion for teaching.

Pauline - You are surrounded by so much that seems right. And if you need a classroom fix, please come visit mine.


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