The holidays were over; and the time had arrived to get back into our daily routine. The alarm clock woke me up – a harsh ringing that I had not heard for two weeks! Groaning, I opened my eyes and stretched. How I wished we had an extra week!
I got up and did my morning exercise. Slowly as I warmed up, the sleepiness left my head. Then came the preparation of lunches, breakfast, waking up children, getting ready to leave the house. Walking to work, the fresh air shook away the last vestiges of sleepiness. I entered my classroom, getting things ready for the start of the day.
“Bonne année”, I heard from my colleagues. “Bonjour Madame,” I heard from the children I teach. “I missed you”, “The holidays were too long”, “I have new crayons”, “We saw snow this high!”. I smiled at the excited chatter as my young students caught up on their news, sharing the activities they had done over the last two weeks.
The day passed by quickly as we moved from one activity to the next. My alarm clock had helped me make the time adjustment to getting up early (and will help me in days to come as I get used to waking up early again!). However, it did not help me with the hunger pangs I felt an hour and a half before the end of the day. I had grown used to eating at odd hours during the day – going to the fridge whenever hunger struck. Now I had to get used to eating on schedule again. And to eating more at one sitting so that my tummy does not rumble!
I need to remember to eat like my grade ones: to nibble on a snack during recess! A banana, a couple of crackers, a chunk of cheese. I am hoping that soon my body will adjust to school eating times so that I no longer experience this empty feeling in my stomach.
What do you snack on when you feel hunger pangs during the day?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012