Back in March I was pink slipped from my teaching assistant job and spent that month up until July more than a little stressed. I was sending out my resumes left and right, only hearing back that they received it and would be reviewing resumes in the next few weeks. Then nothing, crickets maybe, but that was it. Crickets.
June started and I was blessed to be working Kindergarten Camp at the elementary school I had been working at. One day in July, the principal asked me to come back as an assistant for half the year, and as a long term sub for 1st grade during the second half. I was elated. Sure, I have been looking for a regular teaching job, but when all you hear are crickets, you quickly realize how much of a blessing it is to have a job close to what you love, even if it is not exact. And then I still get to be the lead teacher during the second half, and hopefully will prove myself valuable enough to become a regular teacher for the next school year.
So though I dread the early mornings and being away from my own kids, I realize what a blessing it is to be going to a place I do love, with students I love and care for, and with some co-workers that are the best around. And with that thought, I leave you with one of my previous summer photos I posted last week... but it is one of the moments during our summer that was simple and yet I treasure the most.