This school teacher is feeling the May/June crunch right now. The end of a school year is an extended period of intense deadlines, with an amazing amount of paper work, and the added emotional process of finding a way to say goodbye to children you’ve come to love and in whom you’ve invested a tremendous amount of your time and energy.
As I sat through my second graders’ musical performance this week, feeling pride and joy in their 8-year-old talents and enthusiasm, loving those toothless smiles, I realized that it’s time already to start letting them move on. The next level beckons. The world calls. I will give them all a big hug on the last day of school (about 4 weeks from now), and hoping they’ll come back to visit me from time to time, I’ll say goodbye. It’s a cycle I will have experienced 24 different times, but there are always tears when the last child leaves the room and that quiet descends.