This time of year is just very bittersweet for school employees. The school year is just about done - should be done, but for those unwelcome snow make-up days!
Some of the students will advance from fifth grade to middle school. I may run into them from time to time, but no more will they be coming to me with their illnesses or injuries or hurt feelings. I'm not sure how I feel about that! Of course I want them to grow up, to reach their full potential - but - that means they first must out-grow some things. They must out-grow ME and anything I might be able to do for them.
Isn't that how life is? We start out totally dependent ... Then step into that back-and-forth phase of I need help but don't want it, wanting help but not really needing it. Like the violent contractions that birth a new baby - growth into the next stage of growth & development is often painful, exhausting .... But , worth the effort:)
Still we're still in session a few more days! I don't have to say goodbye to my fifth graders just yet! Wish me luck!