During the school year, I both eagerly anticipate and loathe the coming of summer break. I do need the time off, don’t get me wrong, though sometimes it feels excessive to me, like Thanksgiving dinner—feasting until you’ve had your fill, and then still going because it’s all there for the taking. Right now, my family is at that time where the kids are getting snippy with each other, and my wife and I are a little burned out with trying to find fun things to do as a family. I think if we weren’t both teachers (I’m an instructional coach, but in ACPS we’re contracted as teachers), we’d see things differently, but we’re both in education. It’s a good thing too, because it would be impossible to try and cover the cost of the interminable camps we’d have to send our kids to ensure they were taken care of during the workday.
Anyhow, there is still time in the summer. For Albemarle County Schools, the pre-service days begin in a few weeks, and the kids are back on Aug 22. There’s been a lot done in our place over the break. I’ve taken on the honey-do list and have spent time painting, cutting wood, repairing things, etc. We’ve turned the kids onto bike-riding, spent time swimming, bowling, and having cookouts. Our big vacation trip is coming soon, and it will be a big one—a first-timer on many levels. Everyone is excited.
But I’ve been experiencing that sort of hump, where I want to dig in on school stuff, but at the same time I know I’m going to be on my own, at least for a little longer--and that’s fine. It gives me plenty of headspace to think about how I might approach things as they come down the pike. I’m also trying to determine if there’s anything I need to change in regard to the podcast. Not sure if it’s necessary, but I’ve got the time to work through some possibilities. Sometimes I wonder if I obsess on certain things. To come full circle: it is now time for me to start eagerly anticipating and loathing the start of the new school year. Oy.