I've been noticeably absent the past few weeks, and I'll show you why:
My other children.
I teach Senior English and I also sponsor the Senior class, so, as you can guess, May is a busy month for the Seniors and their sponsor. The entire month is filled with all kinds of Senior events such as a talent show, class picnic, huge aerial picture of all the Seniors in the shape of "10" for the year they graduate, an awards assembly where they are honored for academic achievements, practicing for graduation, a baccalaureate ceremony, a commencement ceremony, and finally our Grad Bash lock-in following graduation (where the above picture was taken. I'm in the front with about 2/3 of my students behind me giving our classic "cheesy thumbs-up" pose...ha!) And, to add to the sleep deprivation, there is a certain sweet baby girl at home who has noooo idea just how tired Mommy has been these past weeks! She thinks it is life as usual...! ;)
Anyway, while I did have help planning and running these events, it is needless to say that I am so very exhausted. It is a lot of pressure to hold the responsibility of a class of 600 students' graduation in your hands. In a way, I am responsible for their one and only high school graduation experience, and that is a large responsibility. I won't bore you with the millions of details regarding the amount of time and planning it takes to graduate the Seniors from a 6A school district, but...it is overwhelming.
And...it is OVER! It went off without too many hitches, and we had a great time celebrating the kiddos.
As this school year comes to a close, I find myself already missing (most of) my kids. They treated me so well during my pregnancy, taking care of me, bringing me food and drinks, wheeling me around in my comfy leather chair so I wouldn't have to walk, and always fighting to see who would get to drive me to the hospital if my water broke at school.
They learned and tried and gave such effort for the most part. When given a goofy assignment like dressing up as one of the Canterbury pilgrims from Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales,' they went all out and had fun with it. There were King Arthur raps, 'Macbeth' frozen scenes (like charades but frozen still), and very well-done research papers. We went to see 'Sherlock Holmes' at the theater all as one big group, and we played some fun rounds of holiday charades and Catch Phrase.
Even though I had to leave them for about 2 months while on maternity leave, I returned to many cheers and even a standing ovation from one class--can't beat that!!! While I wouldn't have traded my time at home with my new baby for the world, I did find myself missing my 'other' kids every now and then.
And now...now they are done. They've graduated, and, with the exception of a few days of final exams, they are out of high school and on to the 'real' world ahead.
And I'm kind of sad.
They are my 'kids', and as much as they drive me batty, I do care about them.
Don't tell...but I'll miss 'em.