Hello There

In the past, I was a consistent blogger. Consistently, I willingly shared my struggles and asked for guidance and support. This blog provided me both purpose and a shoulder to cry on during some of our hardest days. Generous readers shared their personal struggles and triumphs. We rooted for each other. We celebrated together.  In … Continue reading

Summer Break

When I was little, summer seemed to go on for eternity.  As a child of the 70s, the days were filled with playing outside with neighborhood kids. We drank from the hose, played kickball in the street, and ran away from home for hours to empty lots for “club members only” meetings. Good or bad, … Continue reading

Today is Saturday

It is Saturday morning and I am the only one awake at my house. I woke to thoughts of rearranging my classroom furniture, reading a stack of realistic fiction for report cards, and gearing up for a short vacation before I teach summer school in July. To many teachers, the idea of teaching summer school … Continue reading

Easterish Photos

I have to admit…I have a love/hate relationship with social media during the holidays. I see those pictures of toddlers wearing coordinated outfits and big smiles and I miss our younger days. I miss the wonder in his eyes as he sees his delivered by the bunny basket.  A sunny photo-op of my boy in an “outfit” … Continue reading

Catching Up

It’s been longer than I expected (or wanted) since I last posted to the blog. Writing takes longer since returning to the classroom five days a week. I miss the writing, but I vow to create more of a balance so I can return to my writing more often. What’s the most relevant to me … Continue reading

Return to Reality

It is now January 7th 2017 and we concluded our first full week of school after the holidays. While driving home from work yesterday, I realized that my homeschooled son and I had very different “back to reality” experiences. The first school day of 2017, my alarm went off at 6 am and I was … Continue reading

Update…Finally!

Hello!  I know I have been a stranger for sometime. Now it is time that I turn away from other responsibilities and give this blog a bit of attention! Returning to my own classroom for the first time in a few years, took most of my attention. The first few months I stayed later and … Continue reading

Reminder

This morning, I got up early. Even though it was a beautiful Sunday morning, I didn’t hate the idea of getting dressed and going to school. It was worth it to me so that I could feel better prepared tomorrow. The last few weeks have been filled with changes and challenges. At moments, I questioned my … Continue reading

Balancing Act

It’s been so long since I wrote a new post. It isn’t that I have forgotten about the value of the blog, it’s just been put on the shelf for a bit. Last spring, I packed up twenty-five years of teaching into cardboard boxes. Our building, the only building where I had taught elementary students, … Continue reading