Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes …. because, we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!
This week I celebrate the end of another amazing school year. I always gather my kids together in the last five minutes of the very last day for what has come to be known as “the speech”, in which I thank my kids for taking the sixth grade journey with me as their guide, and for their trust in my judgement as their teacher, and their mentor. I was so proud of their willingness to work hard and challenge themselves, the best proof of which was our end of the year writing celebration. I arrive at school every day with a passion to teach, but it’s my kids and their willing spirits that allows for the real magic to happen. This year, due to all sorts of nonsense not of my own making and not in my power to fix, I seriously considered stepping down from my job and taking my career in education in another direction. But, the kids brought me back to my senses – I belong in a classroom, teaching children, and helping to shape their lives. Our end of year celebration was a time to rededicate myself to what I love.
Today, I celebrate Father’s Day and the Dad in our house. Scott is, by far, the best human being I have ever known. Our kids have grown up with his example of living a life based on values and priorities that count, kindness and empathy, and the gift of music. We are all blessed to live with and know him.
I celebrate closing at the end of this week on our farm, a place we love and hope to be a gathering place for our family and friends. Scott and I began thinking about taking this step some years ago, and now that it is becoming a reality, we are beside ourselves with happiness and excitement.
Finally, I celebrate the beginning of summer. It’s been a long year…and I am ready to spend my weeks painting and sprucing up a beautiful old farmhouse and gazing out a this view: