Ahhhhh... This is the life. After an oppressive week of heat and humidity, we woke up to a cool, fresh morning. The windows are open, the sun is shining, and there is a slight hint of fall in the air. Fall is my favorite. Sweater weather, a quiet chill to the air, the smell of dirt and leaves, backyard fires, and pumpkin patches. My dredded and most favorite moment happens at the same time.
I love being home with Grubby and Peanut in the summer. We spend so much time playing in the water and breathing in each other, it makes a Momma's heart swell. We have learned each other's language and have put in many hours snuggling on the couch. This I will miss. Did I mention that my Peanut is 6 months old today? Oh how the time has flown by. But I know that in nine short months, summer will come again and though my kiddos will be another year older, there will be great adventures to be had.
Back to school... I get butterflies just thinking about it. Maybe it's because I'm still a fairly new teacher, but there is something magical about Fall at my school. There is an electricity, a buzz of adrenaline... or maybe fear, that swells the hallways. You almost forget to breathe. Either way, it's present and it's powerful. I love this.
My job is pretty perfect. Not only do I get to teach Art, (the most fun subject ever!) but I get to teach it to every grade. From the sweet kindergarteners who are a little unsure about this school stuff, to the second grade who can't give enough hugs to make up for the whole summer, to seniors who are excited about the lasts of things, but nervous about the future. There are the fourth graders who are really pumped about their new shoes or new baby brother. The sixth graders with attitudes the size of Minnesota, who are finally on top of the world. (Little do they know how intimidating seventh grade will be.) The tenth graders who are just trying to make it through another year without having anyone notice them too much. And finally, back to my seniors one more time.
I love my seniors. The first time I met them we were in the same boat. They were 9th graders and I was starting my first day of teaching. They were my first class... my homeroom. I had no idea how attached I would get to these kids. Now they are seniors! How could the time have possibly gone that fast. Most have a plan, some are unsure but excited, all are extremely amazing and will do awesome things. I just need to make sure to soak up every moment with these people.
So for now, in this moment, I will enjoy the peace, the calm and the yoga pants. For tomorrow morning will start the happy chaos. So to end this sappy post, I say "Fall, bring it on."
Now I need to go get a quick snuggle on the couch... shhhhh.... Magic School Bus is on!