Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Woo and a Hoo

elation: noun
1. an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression [ant:
depression]
2. a feeling of joy and pride


I've had one of those days where everything came together and I got a ton of work accomplished. My to do list is shorter than it was yesterday. I almost feel prepared for students on Thursday.

I've got friends having babies and makin' babies all over the place, their prayers finally answered.

My daughter, my B, has her first day of school tomorrow. A big kindergartner with big dreams.
Tears will be impossible to hold back tomorrow morning at 8:30.

I'm excited to see students I haven't seen since May. I feel so much less distracted than I have in the past three years. I'm suddenly not a teacher on probation, my position feels a little more permanent. I know a little bit more of what I'm doing than I did last year. I'm getting a system that works for me. There is a sadness lingering way below the surface, but I refuse to let it ruin a day like today. Today, the angels were smiling down on me.

This day, this perfect day. Everything aligned to make it the perfect, productive day.

Now I'm sipping a cold beer, waiting to watch Olympics coverage.

It's days like today that can keep a girl going for weeks.
Days like today that make a girl perky again.

10 comments:

Aliki2006 said...

It sounds fabulous! And your enthusiasm just shines through. I'll be thinking of you and your big girl B. tomorrow!

Midwest Beach Girl said...

You go girl! I'm glad that you had a good day. It gives you hope and time to reflect. Nice post!

Mama said...

The third year IS a great year. My brother-in-law, who was a principal, told me years ago (1974) that the first year you try everything you learned in college. The second year you weed out what didn't work. The third year you are left with what works for you. It also helps that your kids are growing up. Babies take so much time and energy. Have a great Wednesday!!!!

Mimi said...

Yay! What a cheerful and cheering post. Your good day is contagious, I think.

And B off to school! Wow!

Twinny said...

I can't wait to hear all of the exciting first day of school stories! Everyone is so excited the day is almost electric with all the energy! Don't worry about the tears! Let em flow and when they are done celebrate this big step for your big girl!

Di said...

Melanie,
I know our sweet Jacque is smiling down from Heaven so proud of you and what you do at Millard South. Bless you and wishing you a wonderful year ahead.
hugs, di

Jen said...

What a great attitude! Hope your first day with students and your daughter's first day go well!

Michelle said...

I'm so glad to hear you had such a wonderful day yesterday! I hope it continues; what a way to start off the school year! Kayla started K on Monday, I hope your B had a great first day!

nikkis30by30 said...

I can't wait to see all of the pictures from the big day for our little Miss B!!! I too will be tearful when I think of her taking this big step, along with my Z. It's just so hard to let that string out a little bit further for them. Until then, hold them a little tighter at night, that's what I say!!!!

jen said...

you sound so, so happy. love it.