"Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number." ~Author Unknown
Three days into a new school year, and this is what I've learned so far:
1. It's easier to get up at 5:30 am than I thought it would be, especially if you can use some of that early time to squeeze out some writing.
2. It is a delicate drill to find the exact time to leave the house in order to avoid all school buses on the way to work.
3. Lunchtime comes a lot earlier (according to my stomach) than it did during the summer.
4. Those muscles in your legs that keep you upright on two-inch heels all day long? They stop working in the summer and have to be re-trained, come Fall (ouch!).
5. Same goes for the vocal cords.
6. Some people will be over the moon-happy to see you back in the halls and classrooms.
7. One or two people will be jealous of the fact that you manage to have a life (i.e., writing success) outside of school and will try to make your life miserable as a result.
8. In those cases, it's best to end the days with (a) a good long run; (b) a good tall glass of wine; or (c) a good conversation with a close friend. Ideally, all of the above.
9. Unlike John McCain's claim in Thursday night's speech, I do not believe that public education is a "failing institution."
10. Standing in front of a group of students who are excited to see you and interested in what you have to say is still the best way to spend a day :)