Um, have you seen all of the school supplies littering the aisles of every single store everywhere? Yes, yes you have.
Have those school supplies littering the aisles of every single store everywhere given your teacher a moderate-to-severe case of back-to-school panic? Yes, yes they have.
I'm not panicking because I'm embarking on my tenth year in the classroom (bring it), but my baby, my little girl actually, begins Kindergarten this year.
I had a student a couple of years ago named Mason Beck. Mason Beck is one of the most delightful people I've ever taught. I had him for English Traditions his senior year. Beginning with the first day of school Mason was counting down the days until graduation. Not in the annoying Senioritis way you might expect if you teach seniors, but in a genuine embrace the day way. I think he was a lovely mixture of nostalgia, uncertainty, and wild excitement. On the first day of school he said, "Mrs. Hilliard, this is my last first day of school ever." And at Thanksgiving break he told his class, "Guys, this is our last ever." And at Christmas and Spring Breaks, and on school picture day, and for prom and pep rallies, for his first last football game, soccer game, band concert, and every other moment throughout the year. He wasn't wrong either. Mason and his classmates' school year was full of last firsts and just some plain old lasts. At some point, Mason brought in his Kindergarten photo, which of course was adorable, and in it was a smiling kid with blonde hair and a tiny graduation cap on top, and I thought man, this kid has grown up into something good. And I also thought, man, a lot of these kids grow into something good. And then, I hope my own kids grow into something good, too.
It's a big year for my Addy, and it's a big year for you guys. She will experience many firsts, and you, well you know...
IT'S YOUR SENIOR YEAR! What are you looking forward to? What are you hoping for? What moments are you ready to embrace?