This month went so much faster than I wanted it to! The only reason I know that is that it’s been almost exactly a month since I last blogged. I’d be more upset about it if I didn’t know it’s because I spent a month actually living life. My goal was to turn into a serious blogger with this, but I think that I’m going to be okay with the avoidance if it happens. I think I should be more grateful for enjoying what I’m actually doing in the moment rather than focusing on how I’m going to post about it on a blog.
That being said… I need to talk about this last month. I tried to come up with a word that summarized everything that’s happened for the title of this post. Clearly I didn’t succeed in the creativity. But in terms of what March actually brought I could use any of these:
None of these words really did the whole month justice. I feel like the only thing that could capture all of those things was the month itself.
I started a long-term substitute teaching position in a building with phenomenal support. My colleagues are fantastic, and the kids are brilliant in pretty much every sense of the word. I laugh more during the day than I thought possible, and within days I felt like I belonged in this environment that will always be the place I remember as my first “big girl job.” I didn’t anticipate feeling as at-home as I do. I also hadn’t realized how much I missed being in front of my own classroom. I’m looking forward to next fall when I can decorate how I want, organize how I want, and take complete ownership of what’s going on. But I love that I again spend every spare second during the day grading. Again, I’ll openly brag about how lucky I am to have found a profession I love as much as I do on the first try. The fact that I missed it after only two months away shows how enjoyable my future will continue to be.
I’ve continued to meet really great people this month. I found comfort in the wise words of women who belong to my sorority’s alum club in Milwaukee. My fire was reignited by some passionate people in the world of education. I had my first encounters with a handful of people I hope will continue to be a large part of my life in the future. I shook hands, I smiled, I laughed, I asked questions, I remembered how much I love interacting with people.
I spent time outside! The sun was bright in March. The grass seems greener than I ever remember it being (maybe because I didn’t get to witness the progression of spring the last few years), and I’ve loved every time the bottoms of my feet were stained with chlorophyll.
I made a pretty solid March Madness bracket. I want to put it in writing now because the Final Four/Championship will not go nearly as well for me.
I ran into an old teacher/coach from middle school and high school a couple weeks ago. Halfway through our conversation he said, “things must be going well, you seem really happy.” It was awesome. Because I am. And I’m really grateful for moments like this to remind me that it’s something to cherish.
Cheers to the first quarter of 2012 being everything I imagined and more. I’m looking forward to whatever April brings!