Saturday, May 16, 2015

Last Days

The crazy, stressful, long/fast last weeks of school are finally ending. This has been an entire week of Last Days for us.
Katherine's last day was Tuesday. She loved 5th grade. She was so anxious about moving schools, but she found her place and has gained new friends and new confidence. Because of aging buildings, declining enrollment, and major budget cuts, her school is being closed next year. Kate will be headed to Middle School for 6th grade and she knows she'll be okay there. She's even looking forward to it!

Steve's last day was Wednesday. Like teachers everywhere, he came home to just sit in stunned exhaustion for a while.

Rachel's last day of was Thursday. I sent her off in the morning clean and shiny and wearing new clothes. By the time school let out at 1:05 she had splatters on the back of her shirt, a skinned knee, mud from her knees to her ankles, and was missing a sock. The last day of 1st grade must have been eventful! Rae loved 1st grade, even though she tells anyone who will listen that she doesn't like school. She was happy to go every single morning and had endless stories of what her teacher said and what 7 year old girl drama had occurred during the day. She has been worried that she wouldn't pass first grade and was greatly relieved to see all A's on her report card today. We'd been out of school for perhaps 20 minutes when she started complaining that she missed her friends.

My last day is tomorrow, Friday. My room is stripped bare and packed away. (I hate it when it is empty.) I have to go back for a morning of greetings and last minute information and then I will be DONE!

We are all looking forward to lazy mornings and time to read our never-ending piles of books and day after day of chances to just hang out with each other. But right now, crickets are chirping, the scent of honeysuckle is drifting through the open windows, and we are headed to Sonic for half price shakes. Summer is officially here!

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