All day today I felt like I should have been wearing a caution tape sash or carrying a big red sign. Oh, you know, something like- “Warning! Frazzled teacher! Approach at your own risk!” Yes, I can laugh now but if I’m completely honest, there were moments I almost cried.
Car duty. I usually enjoy morning car duty. Greeting the kids as they arrive at school, lots of hugs and high-fives. Most of the time, it starts the day on a positive note. Except on days like this…pouring down rain, holding an umbrella, trying to open car doors. And today I decided to wear a skirt.
Needless to say, I was feeling frazzled as I tried to wring out the bottom of my skirt in the bathroom sink. Taking the focus off my skirt, I looked in the bathroom mirror. I’m not sure my hair has ever looked that frizzy. My first thought-I have a music teacher meeting after school. It would surely look lovely by then! I wasn’t sure I would survive the day.
Despite my wet clothes and frizzy hair, the students were coming. Ready or not. A cup of coffee did provide a little perk. Then the music started playing, I started moving, and the kids followed in line. Whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes-stepping in rhythm, learning patterns, playing instruments. And that was just the morning!
Afternoon classes were met with high-fives from our new friend Freddie the Frog. Songs, stories, dancing, coloring, laughing…maybe a little impatient by the last hour, but I had indeed survived.
Although there was that one little friend who decided to say “we aren’t going to miss you” and “please cry” instead of “we are going to miss you” and “please don’t cry” as we sang our “Goodbye Freddie” song. Maybe he was feeling a little frazzled today too.
Yes, I am tired. No, I will not be wearing a skirt to school tomorrow. The music will play again, I will move, and the kids will follow. Freddie the Frog will most surely make another appearance. And all will be ok because…
TOMORROW IS FRIDAY!