Welp. We walked them out to the buses and cars and blew kisses and waved and sang them all off. Another year completed. Some of their faces have huge grins and some a few tears. All full of happy memories. I find myself choked up thinking about how much they have grown this year. Why are goodbyes so hard??? I know I will see most of them again. But some are moving on to high school…and I have been working with them since they were in 3rd grade. And there are those few that you know will not come back…and you will always wonder about them.
I feel so lucky to be in this place. There are so many trials and tribulations of working in a school, and unless you work there, you could never understand. But at the end of the day I am there for the kids. And I love them with all of my heart and want to see them succeed and shine and become the people I know they are capable of becoming. I get to change the lives of children. How lucky am I?
So I pack up all my stuff and leave and people think I am so lucky to ‘be off for 2 months’. But I carry those little faces with me. And I will spend my summer enjoying some time with my family and a vacation or two. But I will also be planning how I can make next year even more awesome. How I can do a better job. How I will make their lives better. And I can’t wait.