Today is the first day of school for my husband
as he starts his new job at Bynum. It is also my first day of school that I am not participating in as a high school teacher in seven years. My first day of school looks much different this year.
Instead of a bunch of wide-eyed freshmen trying to figure me out, and my former students tying to figure out how long I was going to be super strict on the rules, I have two blue-eyed little monsters demanding snacks, leaving stickiness all over my room, asking when lunch is, and yelling at me when I tell them “no”. Actually………I take it back this almost exactly like teaching high school.
This is the path that we have chosen for right now. I’m going to stay at home with the girls and build my business Down Home Decor and More, but I do admit, that seeing all of my teaching friends post about their first days and their beautiful classrooms, there is a little part of me that misses it. I can’t help but think about my classes without me and wonder did I do enough, did I make an impact, did I do everything I could for the kids that I taught?
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So I wanted to put together a short note to my students, past and present.
To my former students:
First, you will always be “my kids”. It doesn’t matter if you had me for one semester or for four years. I told y’all….good, bad, or indifferent you were my kids and it is still true. Each of you will always have a place in my heart. As you get older, remember it is important to work hard, do the right thing, tell the truth, take care of those you love, take care of yourself and live the life that God has given you. Of course, I hope you remember some of the things I tried to teach you in Ag but I hope that you always remember that I love you!
To the group of students that we left while you were still in school:
Your story is not done. Finish what we started….work hard in class, try new things, put yourself out there, run for office, apply for scholarship and lone stars and call me if you need anything! And, please go easy on the new teacher. Do not lock her in the cage in the shop! (Even if it makes for a good story years later……not that I would know.) Take what we’ve given you and keep growing and know that I still love you!
To my current students, my babies:
I hope you know how much mommy loves you. I left a job and kids that I love to stay home with you babies, because I love you even more! We don’t know how long I will be able to stay home with you but for that time let’s have fun….take naps…..learn…..take naps….explore….take naps……go on adventures…..and take lots of naps! Mommy is so looking forward to this time with you. I hope it is time that you look back on treasure when you are older, as I am treasuring every minute while we are in it and I hope you realize, even on the not-so-good-days, how much I love you!
A special note to my hubby:
I truly love and appreciate you for trusting me with this opportunity to take off work. I know it is going to be an adjustment for us all, and you are going to have to re-learn how to do record books, but I hope you are as excited as I am. Thanks for taking this leap of faith with me. I love you!
*******Update: This is what was happening while I was trying to get this post done! I knew they were too quiet! Yep, that’s poop…..on the floor….they’re lucky they’re cute**********
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