Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes …. because we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!
This was Teacher Appreciation Week, and my kiddos celebrated their teacher (me!) in adorable ways: chocolate, hand made cards, post it notes, and a whole class effort at summing up what it feels like to be a Smithling:
I loved every moment of this, and it would be safe to say that I allowed myself to bask in their affection and this momentary glory. I teach sixth grade, so adoration never lasts long, anyway – they were back to rolling their eyes and sighing deeply before too long!
The celebratory note of this week had less to do with me, I believe, than with my students themselves. They were celebrating, really, the community our classroom has become: the way we know each other, warts and all, and the way we work together. Not every day goes smoothly, and we experience many frustrations along the way – collectively and personally.
At this time of year, when our days together are dwindling fast, it is easy for me to dwell on the rockiness of the journey that is a school year. I find myself thinking most about all that is left to do, all that (quite honestly) will remain undone. Leafing through my plan book, I stop at those lessons which went awry and those that never quite got off the ground. I think about expectations (the plan book) and my kids (my reality), and how sometimes these two dovetail neatly into the day’s work, and how sometimes they collide spectacularly.
But, even in the messiness of the latter, we learn something about each other and ourselves. Even in those moments of frustration, there are lessons we learn about our limitations, patience, perseverance and the value of our close knit community. Today, Ruth Ayers wrote this in her “Celebrate” post:
It is through finding an abundance of celebrations that I will learn to live treasure.
So here’s to finding one moment then another and gripping them, then looking closely enough to find all of the other glimmers of grace and raw beauty and unexpected joy.
This is how I will learn to treasure the rocky year we are living.
A school year is a rocky year…but there are many moments of “grace, raw beauty and unexpected joy” that are often easy to discount as we rush to get it all done. Today, I want to pause, and find time to look through my plan book with new eyes – and see treasures, instead.