If we were having coffee, I would apologise for not meeting with you earlier. The past week has been a little crazy. School has ended (yahoo!), my husband has returned home, and I have been resting during a heat wave.
Last week was our final week at school before the summer break. It was bittersweet because while we were all glad with the start of the school break and the chance to rest, we were also sad to say goodbye to teachers that had been surplussed (I had worked with one of them) and to our principal (who was moving onto a new school). During the week I pushed through my fatigue and put away things in my classroom (summer school is happening in my room) so that I could finish soon after our staff meeting on Friday. A few of my students had already left for their vacation so the number of kids in my room was low. While they played board games and worked on some activities, I worked at making sure everything was sent home and tidied up in the room.
We had our staff party on Thursday evening at which we said goodbye to all those people who were leaving us. The weather was perfect for sitting outside. I enjoyed chatting to some of my colleagues – we really should get together like this more often and get to know one another as people instead of working alone in our classrooms. The evening ended on a sad note. I will, however, see my mentee during the break once we have both gone away on our vacation.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we met our new principal on Friday. We will see how it goes with her. Her personality is definitely different to our previous principal and the vibe at the staff meeting was not the same. It is certainly stressful to begin again with someone new – and have to prove oneself all over again.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we went to pick up my husband from the airport on Friday evening. It was good seeing him arrive safely, and to have him back at home. Sunday night dinner was great – he cooked, giving me a break, and the tastes and flavours were yummy. As my daughter said, we had missed eating his food 🙂
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that on Saturday we went to help our son pack up a little as he is moving to Vancouver in August. Another change that is bittersweet. We are pleased that the move means a step forward in his career, but are sad that he will no longer be near us and we will no longer see him every weekend for dinner. At least we will get to spend some solid time with him during our family vacation before he leaves Toronto.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we have been experiencing a heat wave since Friday. The extreme heat is very tiring and discourages one from doing anything. The country celebrated Canada Day this weekend. but the heat discouraged me from going out to celebrate. Instead we stayed at home near the fans!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I intend to do a lot of reading and relaxing during the first week of my summer break. Hope you have a good week too.
What would you tell me if we were having coffee?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)