Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Survival Skills Continued

As I may have mentioned once or twice, it is the last full week of school. I have been rather close-mouthed on this issue since I don't like to complain. I'm really rather selfless and hate for others to be burdened with the minutiae of my life. I just sit back and suffer quietly.

One day they will write songs about me. The long kind that bring a tear to the eye of even the most hardhearted souls...

To add to the overall sturm and drang of the week, today was the day that both my staff were scheduled to be out. Actually, they were scheduled to be out tomorrow but both suddenly found themselves having to change their plans at the exact same time. I knew about this well in advance so I was deep into the denial phase by the time today rolled around. My staff and I don't get subs when we are out. We could. But it's more of a pain than a plan to have to teach someone how to teach these kids...so we don't. It was looking like a long day. It was also an "A" day on the schedule which meant that lunch and specials were coming late in the afternoon. This is an exercise in bladder control...

I was not completely without resources, though. The band was scheduled to perform first thing in the morning so that killed an hour. Then I broke out the new hot glue gun and some craft sticks because there is nothing they like more than searing things. To round out the morning, I broke out a brand new copy of Wall-E and everyone was suddenly transfixed.

It was like summer camp. Or as The Kid Who Has Worn The Same Hoodie Every Day Since September said, "All we're missing is the macaroni art..."

It occurred to me later that I probably could have been knitting while the kids were burning their fingers and dozing in front of the movie. I still have that sock in my bag. But, for some reason, I decided to do paperwork instead. I don't know what I was thinking.

Knitting or no, it was a really nice day with the kidlets. I treasure those days at this time of the year. By now, we are sort of like a family who has been on one of those horrifically long driving vacations that always seem like such a great idea when you start out. We are tired of each other and I, the mother figure of the brood, know that I should love them. But I don't any more and no amount of telling myself that a better person would still find them delightful will change that. Proximity can trump affection after a fashion. You know it's true.

Parents always have the same look when they drop their kids off at the school in September. It's an odd mixture of guilt and relief.

Three and a half more days, for those of you who are counting along. I'm sure that most of you aren't, though. You probably didn't even know it was that close. Like I said...

I'm really quite reserved on these matters.

SA

11 comments:

trek said...

You are an amusing Sheep. I can see how the hot glue and craft sticks would be mesmerizing to your crew but the Wall-E surprised me.

Verification word: pushund - so fitting.

=Tamar said...

Movies and hot glue. Can I retroactively go to school in your classroom? We just got extra busywork on those last few days, and admonitions to remember everything over the summer.

Knitting Linguist said...

I'm very entertained by the reciprocal nature of that look of relief and guilt -- from parents in the fall, and teachers in the spring ;)

Carrie K said...

Positively sphinx like.

Hot glue and a movie? I was born in the wrong era.

Kath said...

Long driving vacation, eh?

AreWeThereYet?AreWeThereYet?AreWeThereYet?AreWeThereYet?AreWeThereYet?AreWeThereYet?
AreWeThereYet?...........hee hee, couldn't help it!

Oooo...verification word is "baking"! I will take that as a sign.

Mel said...

So exactly how many more minutes are left at this point?

kmkat said...

You are such a trooper. (Or is it trouper?)

Betsy said...

Staples has that wonderful commercial that they show in late summer about the parent shopping for school supplies while the Christmas song "It's the most wonderful time of the year" plays in the background...
Now...for extra credit...what store should be having a commercial strictly for teachers that plays in late May and June and uses that theme??? (Is there a store that sells knitting supplies, cat toys and zombie movies?)

Julie said...

What? Schools almost over for the year? Why it seems like just yesterday you were getting your classroom ready to greet the kidlets!

Cursing Mama said...

I have to tell you - the last week of school I received a wonderful email from one the Gameboy's teachers - telling me how proud they were of all Gameboy had accomplished during the year and how the summer vacation was well earned.....
Now I'm thinking that maybe it wasn't Gameboy that earned the vacation but his teacher instead.

Actually they both earned the vacation - but still the meaning is now complete!

Anonymous said...

Today is the last day of school for my 2. They get out at 10:30 and 11 am... and they get to be out for 2 1/2 months. I have to work... I can't decide if I envy them or am very relieved that I won't be there to spend every minute driving them around. All i have to do is keep the fridge full of healthy options - HA! - while they walk to the little store and buy candy.

Ginnie