Today was the last day of school! I made it! I survived my first full year of being a classroom teacher! (I don’t really count my years as a hagwon teacher in Korea, it was totally different).
Giving out awards and report cards today made me realize, as hard as this year was, how much I am going to miss those kids. Even the ones who cursed at me. Even the ones who threatened me. Even the ones who made me go home at the end of the day and just cry. They’re just kids, after all.
However, I am beyond excited to start on my summer adventures with Bubby (btw, not my actual dog’s name, but his alias on this blog, lol; it’s a cross between Baby and Puppy). I have so much to do, so many people to see! And I know how much the time will fly!
A lot of work has gone into the last two weeks … report cards, two proms (high school and kiddie prom), awards, cleaning out and packing up the classroom, etc. But there is such a sense of relief that I made it through the year and I know that next year will be easier, and even better. I will get the hang of this. Discovered that failing a student is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in life. It is such a bad feeling but you just have to let go and accept that you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink!
Weight has still not budged since last update. So much stress eating has been going on with end-of-the-year jitters. But I will be keeping active this summer, and try not to go overboard on the Tim Horton’s iced capps!
My sister was sweet enough to make up an itinerary for my brief stay with her in Toronto. Unfortunately she will be working some of the time I’m there, but it sounds like she plans to make the most of it with me! Anyway it’s not like my first visit … I go every year! I usually stay longer, but with the dog this year I don’t want to overstay my welcome.
Things I am looking forward to this summer that I have missed all year living on the reservation: well, I already mentioned iced capps; alcohol (especially frozen drinks, sitting on a deck outside); sex (hopefully I will break the dry spell, it’s been almost a year I’m sad to admit); shopping!!!; going to the movies. Cheers to summer and I hope everybody has a good one! I plan to live mine to the fullest!