Monday, August 10, 2009

Happy End of Summer!

For as long as I can remember I have dreaded the end of the summer. DREADED it. The moment school supplies and corduroy pants went on sale I would get a pit in my stomach and an anxious feeling came over me because it meant that school would start soon. From Kindergarten to this last summer I have had to pack a million fun and relaxing things into the 2 1/2 months between the end of one school year to the beginning of another. And once I became a teacher (5 years ago) I really got a bad case of nerves the week before the big first day of school. (And they think only the kids are nervous!)

Don't get me wrong. I loved going back to school and loved being a teacher even more. But I am happy to say that this is the FIRST summer in my entire life that I don't have to freak out. Yesterday I calmly browsed the discounted school supplies without feeling the compulsive need to buy 400 pocket folders or 25 glue sticks. And I bought Ella a "Fall" outfit without feeling a sense of loss for my free time or relaxation. (Yeah... rest and relaxation went out the door on May 19 when she was born!)

I'm proud to say that while my former colleagues are gearing up to return to work I am up to my elbows in dirty diapers and bottles - and I love it! I thought I would feel a bit lost without my main identity being a teacher, but I absolutely am not afraid to say:

(Thanks Jon for making the sacrifices you have to make this possible. I love you!)


Jen said...

I agree with you about the benefits of switching from full-time teacher to full-time mom. It's the best!

Bugs said...

congrats! you're not even doing a part time thing?

caitlin said...

Congrats. It will be so worth it! And yay, now we can see you guys more! (So selfish of me.)

Jess said...

Yay! Congrats! I'm so excited for you! (And jealous too!! :) )

Shelly said...

Being a "stay-at-home mom" is way harder than leaving the house to go to work. Good thing it is about a zillion times more rewarding than any other employment on the planet!!