6:00 a.m. and the phone starts ringing. The variety of dings and tones and whistles lets us know that the work day is starting. Auto-responses of "out of the office" help a tiny bit but the only real relief is a vacation locale with no service.
Enter Bull Shoals Lake, Missouri.
My husband is not in education so his work never stops, even when he takes a vacation. Time off often means more to do upon return so I am thankful for the horrible cell towers of the Ozarks. :)
As teachers, we are blessed with days off where everything stops: The buses don't run; the kids don't show up; there are no lesson plans to execute. We get a real break from it all. A chance to reboot. A bad cell service-type of vacation. Thank the Lord, the Universe and an agricultural history!
I know that this last week has everyone counting the days and there is no doubt that these last four will feel far longer than any so far this year. The kids are a mix of emotions: sad to leave their friends, eager to have no homework, bummed about lack of family at home, thrilled about lack of family at home, tired from all that is happening, and fired up from warmer weather and sunshine.
Breathe through it all. We got this.
We have a demanding job emotionally, but we are so, so lucky to have a break for resetting ourselves. We can reconnect with who we are and what we love. We can do things for those we love that we normally can't. (Yes, Chet, I will try to cook for you!) We are so close to having that respite from it all. We just need to hang in there a few more days.
I hope you have an uneventful end-of-the-year!
I am a high school teacher in Wheatfield, Indiana, trying to reach out to my kids in a way that works for them.