Beginning again.

School

What is this old familiar feeling of fatigue? As if I worked out? Possibly ran a marathon? Why am I falling asleep at 8:00 on a Friday night? Oh, that’s right! The first week of school!

I am at a new school this year, so I have been busy learning the ropes. There are new names to learn, new car rider routines, new grades to teach, a new space to decorate and arrange. It’s a lot, but it was a good first week of school.

As I stood in the car rider line on the first day of school, directing kids to safety, I was struck by how the entire staff appears to be focused on going On Beyond Zebra, as I talked about after the first day of school last year. My own personal commitment from last year, to greet students and make them feel welcome, is one of the school’s philosophies as well, and that shared vision has given me the sense of feeling welcome and appreciated. As if I have a place.

I struggle with investing myself outside of my own home and family, but I have tried to pour myself into my new school already, giving the best of what I can do. As I opened those car doors and helped first graders get safely to the front door, I thought about what I wrote last year, about the cycle of learning and changing and returning to the beginning, ready to learn some more. As I return to school, I find that, though it happened gradually, quietly, I have not returned to school unchanged.

The picture is from Mike’s old high school. Kindergarteners don’t have lockers. They have cubbies.

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3 Comments

  1. God always has a way of bringing about new beginnings…and how special to reach out and make everyone feel welcome…it makes new surroundings seem all the more intimate.

    Posted 8/24/2010 at | Permalink
  2. i love that you’re taking the time to greet everyone, to be welcoming. it really is the simplest of things but is easily forgotten. i hope you’ve found a good fit in your new school home!

    Posted 8/24/2010 at | Permalink
  3. i’m glad you’re feeling at home already. i know they are so thankful to have you there. and i especially like how you’re helping the first graders. makes me think that someone else besides mom and dad are looking out for them in those big hallways.

    Posted 8/25/2010 at | Permalink

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