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back in a minute

This is the photo that’s been on my monitor this year.  I load up a fresh picture each year and so this Hovander Park hen house has been the image for 2009-10.  

My hands are chapped from bleach, baking soda and “Goo Gone,” the tools of the trade in cleaning a preschool classroom.  My fingernails are cracked or torn from moving furniture and stuffing cupboards full of equipment.  That was the work of Monday and Tuesday but my hands haven’t recovered.  Amazing how a classroom can go from this:

to this:

in one week.

The small of my back is aching from sitting in a chair for 7 hours a day logging data from files into the computer.  That has been the work of the rest of the week. 

Wednesday I got a bit of a break because I went to a literacy task force meeting at another building to review and plan for the contents of our grade level notebooks.  When the meeting was over, I stopped by the preschool classroom to see how my fellow teachers were doing with their wrapping up – oh my – that discussion will be in another “bugaboo” post.  I asked for their input on the notebook that’s being put together.  I’d like to gather ideas from the other teachers as well.   We also discussed being part of a book study next year.  It would be great to get together and choose our own professional development – most of our PD is directed by our collaboration partners and we don’t get a lot of time to share and reflect with each other.

So one more day at my desk – and a bit of a mess to put in order there as well!

Then I’ll hand deliver my files to the school at the northern edges of the district – mostly to get some air – then turn my focus to my next responsibilities: summer school for exiting 1st and 2nd graders, next year’s school-wide art project – and the contents of that literacy notebook.

I’m on the prowl for poetry too – more fabric pages to come!

I wonder what photo I’ll choose from my summer vacation to put on my computer next year – scenes from the Washington coast, a family wedding, visits to central Oregon, boating on Lake Whatcom?  It will go by in a flash!

 

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lullaby

The Dixie Chicks song, Lullaby, has been playing in my mind all weekend.  I love that song – makes me cry, makes me wistful, makes me feel hopeful all at the same time.

Reading the words just doesn’t do the song justice – you’ve got to listen to it.  It rocks gently like a swing, a cradle, arms.  It whispers.

The song has been in my head because even though Friday was my last day with the kids, their faces still float in my mind making me laugh, making me mad, making me cry, making me love.  I do love them all you know.  All of them, all the time, every year, year in, year out.  I’ve only had one kid in my whole career that was a nightmare.  I’ve only had a handful that haunt me with doubt.  Alpha will be one of those I know. 

“How long do you want to be loved, is forever enough, is forever enough?
Cause I’m never, never giving you up….”

“Lullaby”  by the Dixie Chicks

They didn’t have you where I come from
Never knew the best was yet to come
Life began when I saw your face
And I hear your laugh like a serenade

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I’m never, never giving you up

I slip in bed when you’re asleep
To hold you close and feel your breath on me
Tomorrow there’ll be so much to do
So tonight I’ll drift in a dream with you

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I’m never, never giving you up

As you wander through this troubled world
In search of all things beautiful
You can close your eyes when you’re miles away
And hear my voice like a serenade

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I’m never, never giving you up

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I’m never, never giving you up
Is forever enough
Cause I’m never, never giving you up

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