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I cannot always be a Pinterest Page

Hello Friends,

This image totally states how I feel right now......... We started Back to School on Wednesday. I felt totally prepared for the arrival of my new group of kinders. After all, I have been teaching kindergarten for 20 years; surely I was prepared for whatever came my way, right? And...... I WANTED to write a post about all the fun Back to School fun we had this week. I WANTED to share some amazing pictures of all the super FINISHED projects that my new kinders did this week. I WANTED to stitch together some cute pillows to add to my reading corner. I WANTED to cook a really, wonderful, delicious dinner tonight. I WANTED to work in my garden and look for the flowers that were there two weeks ago, but since starting Back to School projects, I haven't been able to find.... sigh......... Despite all my "WANTED TO", none of this happened.....

Instead, I am frantically trying to figure out how to get laundry done, my house cleaned, and the grocery shopping finished, so that I can spend the rest of the weekend preparing for our first full week of school.....

I am not sure if it is because I ALWAYS forget what August kinders are compared to May kinders or if it is just my group this year, but I feel like a new teacher all over again..... I came home and COLLAPSED on the couch every day this week. When I was a new teacher, this is exactly what I would do and my roommate at the time (who was a nurse) could not understand how I could be so exhausted working "only" 6 hours a day.......... sigh........

If these 3 days have shown me anything, they have shown me that I cannot always be the Super Woman/Teacher that I envision and despite my great attempts to be the "top of my game", I cannot prepare myself for unknown events that inevitably will happen. And instead of deflating me; I am INFLATED and refreshed with this thought..... because how do you prepare for a little one who does not like her new shoes and spends the entire day kicking them into the air? How do you prepare for the fact that four little guys were best buddies in preschool and came to school with the thought that kindergarten was going to be one big birthday party bash for them? How do you prepare for a little one who found the fish food and proceeded to ask "Are the fish hungry?" while at the same time opening the lid of the tank and pouring in the food in the 3 seconds it took me to get from one side of the room to the other?"  

AND........ Instead of the BEAUTIFUL weather we had all summer, we have been hit with HOT, HUMID, MISERABLE, RAINY summer weather that I am always ready to say good-bye to in September. We had to have INDOOR recess on the second day of school.......  Yes... indoor recess......... on the second day of school..... How do you prepare for that?

So I say to myself, "Self, so what if you cannot be a Pinterest page every day of your life? So what if your house looks like the windows caved in and the wind blew through? So what if you had tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for the second night in a row?"

Life is not always sparkly and glittery. Sometimes we have to put up with the glue and mess before something beautiful is created. So, in these next few weeks of school, I may not be worthy of a Pinterest page, but I WILL be learning and loving my new class of students, striving to make time for my family, and not fretting the small stuff.

Until next time!

Blessings, 

15 comments:

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm feeling exactly the same. I did some lessons with last week meant for end of the year kinders. Totally blew it , in fact. I too fell asleep on the couch and didn't make dinner. I can't keep up with blogging and feel deflated. Your post has encouraged me to take a deeeeep breath. All is well.

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    1. Oh yes, Sandy.... All IS well! As teachers, we feel that we can bring to life everything that is in our planbooks while maintaining a beautiful classroom, a happy home, and healthy meals. Sometimes we CAN do everything, but when we cannot, we need to give ourselves a break, step back, take a deep breath, and love our life!

      Have a wonderful year!

      Blessings,
      Cindy

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  2. If it makes you feel any better, I had to have indoor recess on the FIRST day of kindergarten! We survived, and each day is a little easier than the day before. Hang in there!

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    1. Oh no, Nancy....... you DO have me beat! Indoor recess stinks no matter what.... BUT the FIRST day....... poor you.....

      Hope the rest of the week was much smoother!

      Cindy

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  3. LOVE this post! Thank you! I hope you have a great first full week and school year!

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  4. Ah... I love it Cindy! Keeping it real! MANY of my days are not Pinterest-y. AND I may have said, "because I said so."

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  5. I am totally with you. It is so easy to forget how different our kinders are at the beginning of school. I just finished up week 2 and am still totally exhausted by Friday. Glad to see that I am not the only one that doesn't have a perfect Pinterest life.

    ~Laura
    Luv My Kinders
    ~Laura

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  6. Thank you so much for this post! I've been feeling kind of down about the first week back that I just had. Things were fine, but they weren't picture perfect like I was hoping. Thank you for helping me to remember that real teaching has ups and downs, but it all helps us to improve ourselves and know how to meet the needs of our students. Reading your words really brightened my day! Thanks!

    Bethany
    Ship Shape First Grade

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  7. Cindy- thanks so much for your honesty. I felt exactly the same way this week and it encourages me when I read from others who feel the same way. Linda G. lindaslearningloot

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  8. I felt the exact same way this week so I can completely relate to this post. Thanks for sharing, it's nice to know your not alone!

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  9. We had NO recess the ENTIRE first week of school. Plus, we have early morning resource and first lunch. So I had 3 hours every afternoon with 19 K kiddos closed up in our room. I felt your pain! LOL We are starting our 3rd week of school and are at the point of having pretty good mornings. Plus, weather so hot that we were only allowed 10-15 minute recess. I love teaching kindergarten, but don't really like the first month or so. I just know there is a light at the end of the tunnel!! There must be. This is year 42 for me. :)

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    1. What?? NO recess the first WEEK of school? That is cruel and unusual punishment if you ask me! Poor you! So glad to read that this part of the year is over for you! I, too, love teaching kindergarten, but the first few weeks really do take a toil on both the teacher and the students!

      Have a wonderful year!

      Blessings,
      Cindy

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  10. So true...glad to know it is not just me!

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  11. Love this! Just what I needed to read and be reminded of! Right now getting ready for school it has been a whirlwind and I have to remember it wont be perfect everyday!

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  12. I know! This is Day SEVEN for me and I actually TAUGHT something today! The beginning of school is DEFINITELY hard!

    Have a great year!

    Cindy

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