This is my favorite time of year. College football starts in a few weeks, autumn is sure to be around the corner (although I live in GA so it’s usually late October before we begin to see a break in temps) and school is starting.
The stores are all hustle and bustle with parents and kids armed with school-generated lists of supplies necessary for the child to function appropriately in the classroom.
Moms are running wild trying to collect all the necessary supplies, kids are dreading the end of summer, and some teachers are groaning about returning to the classroom.
I love school.
I always have, I’m sure I always will. I was the kind of kid who begged my mom to take me school supply shopping in July, and then I’d carefully organize my supplies, label my folders, and prepare with hope and excitement for a new school year weeks in advance.
And nothing changed when I became a teacher.
Being a teacher only added to the excitement for me. I couldn’t wait to meet the kids whom I would have the pleasure of teaching. And because I taught high school, with each new semester, I got to do it all over again!
There is something so exciting about a fresh, new school year. It’s full of anticipation, hopefulness, and the desire to be accepted, whether you are a student or a teacher.
This is the time of year when I miss teaching the most. I miss everything about it, from the paperwork and relentless meetings and workshops, to the actual classroom time and relationships I built with my students. I even miss the challenge of a class from you-know-where.
To my teacher friends, I say, God bless you this year. I pray that God gives you patience, wisdom, and the ability to realize that each precious child represents the opportunity for you to be a light to an entire family unit. Each child represents the hope for our future. And no matter how annoying or uncontrollable that child may seem, each child has been given to you by God for a brief span of time– make the most of it. Pray over each one of them. Love each one of them. Remember the old adage that you may be the only glimpse of kindness, love, joy, patience, or Jesus Christ that the child ever sees.
I wish you a Happy New Year!
Share with Me: What did you or do you most love and hate about the Back-to-School time? Were you the kind of student to keep your desk or locker organized, or did the dog constantly eat your homework?