Today was my last day of work as a long-term substitute teacher. It's summertime, y'all! I am looking forward to more working in my yard, harvesting the fruits of my labor, swimming with Sweet Pee, bike rides with Average, dog training class, barbeques, afternoon naps, and catching up on my blogging. I have hundreds of ideas swimming around my head and haven't had any time for writing. But I am back!
I'm in my final week of summer before work as a middle school teacher begins again. This time of year I'm always in a reflective mood. I look back and feel so lucky to have had this time with my kids. We went camping, biking, boating, golfing, and hiking. We celebrated my sister's wedding, we did projects together, watched movies, and just hung out at home. It really was everything that summer is meant to be. There were many events and plans that we canceled due to Covid, but we did all the most important things. We missed friends, but I also reveled in the togetherness with my little family unit. Today, I spent time registering for fall childcare and activities. It's less than usual, but still I can see the pace of our lives picking up. As we move into a season of more busy-ness, more work, and likely more stress, this poem sums up the feelings I'm experiencing.... Vacation End by Leslie Pinckney Hill From the charm of radiant faces, From the days we took to dream