Oh, the wonderful, amazing glories of a NEW school year!
Pencils with perfectly pink, cylindrical erasers. Dry erase markers with no fuzzy edges. Spirals that still have the spiral thing in them. Lunch boxes that haven’t been lost yet. Lockers that are still clean. Who doesn’t love a NEW school year?
By far the best part of a new school year is just that–it is NEW.
In what other profession do you get to start NEW? I know not everyone needs a do-over every year, but for some of us in some years, this sure is a perk.
I live in a world of people who give me more grace than I deserve. I am pretty sure last school year, I used just about everything in the emotional bank account of every person who loves me. It is more than difficult for me to admit…I feel that I spent the year bankrupting some of those accounts. And I missed more than one opportunity to invest–both in others and in myself.
Then comes the new year. It started small with a random note on my whiteboard, a smiley face at the end of an email, a post from a member of my #PLN from across the country, and a hand-stitched bookmark. I realized I surround myself with people full of grace, who make mistakes, and who aren’t afraid to face their fears for a reason…I need them. Before school starts, I needed them to remind me that every year will not be what I planned it to be. I needed them to show me how even though my exact thoughts didn’t happen, my kids learned, grew, loved life and loved being a part of the community we created together. I needed them to remind me who I am as an educator.
And they did. Maybe I didn’t invest, but I didn’t bankrupt. Second chances…maybe thirds and fourths…that’s what you do for the people you love and believe in.
Investing richly in others and thoughtfully in myself. Giving second chances when they don’t seem to be due and showing more grace. Oh, the opportunities we are given in a NEW school year! I can’t wait for my do-over.