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Home from school today.
Home from school today because winter has taken its toll, and my fibromyalgia is especially painful.
Home from school…
but still on school time.
Without having to glance at the clock, I know that the doors have opened and that kids are tramping up the staircase to the sixth grade hallway, ready to walk by our room and shout their hellos.
Now the lockers are crashing open, news of the weekend is being exchanged, laughter echoes all the way through the second floor – our floor.
Now my kids will have collected by the door to 202. Where is she? Why are the lights still off, the door still locked? She’s always here before us?
First bell. The substitute should be making her way to our classroom – and my kids are sizing her up. Who is she? What kind of day will we have?
First period. The sub will be taking attendance and going through the plans I’ve emailed. Have I left my desk fairly clean? Did I remember to stash away those IEP folders I’d been examining on Friday afternoon?
Then my thoughts turn to my kids: Will D. have her independent reading book? Will J. have a “good day” – Monday’s are difficult for him? Will D. be allowed to keep his bag in the room? Did I remember to add a note to my plans that my kids are allowed to have a snack during period 3? They get really hungry then, and lunch will still be two periods away. Will S. have his project materials ready as he promised he would? Will A. remember to wear his glasses?
I am home from school …
…but I am still at school.