You know that Staples commercial, the one where the father is pushing the cart through the store singing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” while the kids drag their feet behind him. That’s my husband’s favorite commercial. Me on the other hand, I tend to get a little depressed when I hear it. I comiserate with the kids. This time of year kinda sucks. I love the shopping for school supplies part and as a teacher I get to buy really cool stuff. Ok, only a teacher would think the things were cool but whatever. Then I get to go decorate my classroom which is equally fun. Sometimes I can’t believe that decorating my room is actually part of my job. But then comes the first day and if you thought as a kid you had butterflies the night before, I’m telling you it was probably nothing compared to your teachers. But that’s not the depressing part. For me the worst part is looking at my summer to do list. The list of things that I absolutely do not have any time to do during the school year, like “relax” and “sit by the pool” and here we are just days away from my return to the classroom and the things that were on my list at the beginning of the summer are still there. I have to ask myself what people do who aren’t given the luxury of 2 months off each year? Do they simply never do ANYTHING fun?
… And that just depresses me even more.
In the meantime, today is a milestone. Today my youngest brother started his first day of his senior year of high school which is important to him but more so to my mother who has spent the last 19 years as a parent in this school district. Next year his first day will be in a college somewhere and he can buy his own school supplies.
Off to celebrate the last few days of freedom!