This week I’ll begin my 27th year teaching. If you factor in my own years as a student, I’ve spent 45+ years of my life greeting September by returning to school. That’s a long time.
Despite all those decades of experience, a new school year always comes with a combination of excitement and dread. Each year promises opportunities, previously unimagined moments and frustrations – and it always delivers.
As I look forward to this new beginning, it seems a good time to reflect upon some of the things I’ve learned during Summer, 2021. Even though it’s been many years since I’ve actually been in summer school, (as a teacher, to be clear) I am, after all, a lifetime learner.
- My sons will eat zucchini if I grate it and leave it in the fridge.
- When you purchase a new appliance or other big ticket item, regardless of whether you are immediately going to use it, remove it from the box and confirm that it’s not damaged.
- Finding a balance between having a good time and having too much isn’t always easy.
- Figuring out what you want in life and who you are isn’t necessarily a finite process.
- There are some who will mistake vulnerability for weakness.
- Our country is filled with people who’d rather embrace ignorance than science and who choose to demonstrate their lack of intelligence in a myriad of ways.
- Despite recently reading love described as a “transitory chemical feeling,” I still believe it might be more than that. Sometimes.
- The Morning Show and Ted Lasso are great, albeit very different, escapes.
- My dog is the easiest male in my life to make happy.
- That it’s possible to not always equate sex with commitment.
- It really does take months to get major appliances during a pandemic.
- Harry Nilsson died far too young, but he sure left behind some great music.
- If you really want your kids to leave home get rid of the WiFi booster – and cancel those premium cable channels while you’re at it.
- And finally, it’s ok to ask for/accept help.*
Wishing you and yours a great new school year. Let’s do this!
*This lesson came to me at the end of last school year courtesy of a sixth grade student. During the summer I actually began applying it in my life and it’s becoming easier to reach out when I need a hand and not immediately decline assistance. Easier, but still not necessarily easy.