It’s Day 68 +2 and I am back to school. My first day back was Monday and my new students arrive tomorrow on Thursday. I am excited and nervous, and I am certain they are too.
I woke early Monday morning, much earlier than I was accustomed to over break. I sat outside listening to the birds’ chirp while sipping coffee and working through my morning routine. I realized that the sun rose after 6 AM and it was similar to the final sunset after 8 PM or later a few days ago, this was the last time until next spring that sun rise before 6 in the morning. Summer is winding down and being back in school is a sure sign that summer’s days are waning.
Yesterday we had meet and greets for a few students to come into school, meet their teachers, and find their classrooms. It was exciting to meet them and hopefully I will remember them on Thursday when they sit up front as a suggested. I made notes before I left school of whom I met. I am excited and I am sure they are, too.
Monday morning, I arrived early, before the meetings began, I opened the packages that arrived last week. The contents are in the photo below – they are games I am going to use to help develop science skills – observation, classification, evidence, claims and reasoning.
“In the summer, we write life’s summary with the slow waves of love flowing over the sandy beach. The slow breeze and the warm sun write our memories.”
― Debasish Mridha
I only have 5 photos for this final summer days post and there is a decided ‘lake’ theme to four of the five. It was my last weekend at the lake and until we put it all away over Labor Day weekend. I was fueling my car at BP station when I captured the photograph of the jet contrails crisscrossing the sky for my final Summer Days photo.
Each Wednesday I had seven unique photos to share to chronicle the previous week. It was a fun project and I’ll admit there were a couple of days when I almost posted a black screen with text that read – writer’s block or photographer’s block – but I was able to come up with a photograph that captured the essence of the day. I enjoyed being creative and now I’ll shift my creativity back to my W^2 or Wordless Wednesdays beginning next week.
The school year always makes writing challenging but I am going to work to continue writing a narrative post at least once each month. I’ve enjoyed being creative and sharing that there are so many ways to make the days count, make them worthwhile, make them memorable, and be able to share them with others.
My daughter sent the photo below on here way home from the lake. She begins college in exactly two weeks. I am excited for her as I remember the feeling of going away to college some 4 decades ago. I suppose that could be my quote for the day, but I’ll double dip and stick with Debasish Mridha’s musings about summer as the lead.
Today at school is a workday which means I get to choose what I do – no meetings – only time for me to do what I need to do to prepare for the first day of school and lay the foundation for the 171 days to follow. It’s a marathon and I’ll need to pace myself.
It’s gonna be a great day, different from the past 68 days of summer break, but it will be a great day. So, I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, getting back in the groove.
How’s your summer groove?