I don’t know about what others think, but during the last 10 days before the winter break, I think that teachers are earning their direct passes to heaven. The kids are tired and cranky. They seem to be mentally on holidays already. The teachers are trying to fit their curriculum in between Christmas concert practices, service projects, craft presents for the parents and, if you teach in a Catholic school as I do, Advent liturgies. Add to this a student who has difficulty when the routine is disrupted and you can imagine the stress! I love it. Truly, I do; but my energy reserves seem to deplete more quickly and I’m sorry to say, my temper gets shorter. Things bug me that in other times of the year I can normally just shake off. This morning was one of those mornings. I had received some bad news through an email before school while I had been trying to lay out the day for the student mentioned above. I went into a colleague’s room, closed the door, and just let it all out… She looked at me and said: Just smile and have patience.
Easier said than done, but when I got back to my room, I found a note on my desk. It said on the outside:
That’s a good start! But then I opened it and it just got even better!
Those two events were just what I needed! It started my day off right and things just went well from that moment on. There were still issues; there were still challenges, but that wonderful conversation and thoughtful note (I mean, really, lunch AND no supervision???) just absolutely made my day! So, I thought I would share it with you!
Have you had “just what you needed” lately? Or have you given someone “just what they needed”? Share your story and I’ll randomly pick one of them and send the “winner” a prize! It will be a secret, but will include a book… This is my first ever give-away, but I’m feeling the love today and want to pass it on. I’ll pick the winner one week and a day from now, on the 22nd. That is the last day with the kids and when my holidays start. Can’t wait to hear from you!
Please make sure you leave me some what to contact you!