Do you know when you have been holding onto something for too long?
It just sits in the back of your brain, popping up in your head like an annoying old boyfriend. As these thoughts roll through your mind like a movie, you have to decide to continue to let them float on by or to let them go.
Often if you sit with these thoughts, you just know when it is time to let things go!
For over six years, I have been fortunate to have a leave of absence from a teaching job. And it was an amazing teaching job, which makes it hard to let go of. I hold no regrets. Only fabulous memories with inspiring people surrounding me.
I taught in towns and villages all through the school district.
I had students get picked up via dogsled and horseback. I had students create the most amazing projects and share the most incredible stories.
I had a custodian that inspired me daily, saran wrapped my entire classroom and help me survive my first classroom teaching experience.
I had families that I was fortunate to know well and even teach many of their children.
I had the very best CEA’s (Teacher’s Assistants). These women were the best teammates you could ever ask for when teaching children. They were even willing to dress up with me in PJ’s to help teach the children a lesson on responsibility. Oh that was a fun day! The tolerated my math lessons as Grandma Cann and cried with me when students were having a hard time.
My colleagues were superior and they continue to inspire me living their lives on Facebook and Strava or when I head back to VCity and run into them on the street. These colleagues are the ones creating amazing drama productions, music performances, coaching teams, creating community schools, teaching en francais and so many other incredible educational feats during this season of teaching children.
And oh my Principals, they were bar none the best. Servant-hearted, caring Principals. People that Sexy Neck and I often talk about and ask, “What would Linda or Jim or Tom or ________ do? I was so fortunate to have the best leaders.
So as I let go, I am fully awake and completely saddened. The ebb and flow of life, I am realizing. A chapter in my teaching story is complete! I am releasing and allowing new space for things in my mind, in my life and in my wildest dreams. I am grateful to be alive!
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