Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Do something! Quick.

July 1st, if you are a teacher or a student, is the day that you usually get up and think to yourself:

Oh no! It's July 1st. Only one more month till we go back to school. Quick. Do something you wanna do. Make plans. Stay up late. Watch that movie. Read that book. Go out to lunch! Quick. Time's running out. Eek!

Over the thirty-three years that I taught -- I had that little panic attack moment in my head about the first of July.

Of course, I'm not talking about when we used to go back after Labor Day, which might have been during the second world war, but in the last years when the school system kept bringing teachers back earlier and earlier and bringing back students earlier and earlier until the parents began screaming: Stop! The first of August is too early to go back to school. Stop the madness.

Yes, kids need to go to Disney World. Let's never go back to school in August. Let's go in September when the rest of the Western world goes back to school. Then, of course, you can have the same scenario in your head about August 1. LOL

Guess what?

I got up this morning and flipped the calendar over and noted to myself:

Uh. Hmm. July 1st? I got a raise. I'm not going back to school. I'm here at home -- air conditioner is on -- books are on the table -- Internet is running -- and all is well with my world. *tee hee* .. but my teacher friends? Bwha. They are so in a sweat.

Each year, when I was teaching, I would have this conversation or one similar to it with my husband:

Me: Argh. It's July 1st. I only have a month left before I go back to school.
Hubby: I hate that.

Me: Noooooooooooooooo. You don't understand. I only have one month left.

Hubby: One month? What a shame.. you have already had one month off and now you only have one more. Why do I not have tears in my eyes?

Me: Your sarcasm is not appreciated.
Hubby: When is it ever?

Me: Good point. I've got to do something today.
Hubby: Why?
Me: CUZ. I only have one month left.

You get it, right? It was similar to that every year. BUT.. not this year....

To all my students out there and, of course, to all of my teacher friends out there:

Bwha. One month. You'd better do something. Quick.

*files nails*


  1. Thanks for reminding me, Gillham. I now know I need to get started on my summer homework.
    I like your thought for the moment. What is the definition of an optimistic teenager then?

  2. Yep, July 1st is the day when I always make my to-do list of everything I have to get done before I start back to school. What's with your raise? Is that COLA? I'm still frustrated over last week's release of the new teacher salary with our 2% pay cut plus a furlough day. You picked a good time to retire.