Sunday Reflections

While I prefer to write my posts in the energy of the morning, today had different thoughts. Good thoughts, but different thoughts. Here’s where we are currently:

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To wrap up a story thread I shared in this post about having applied for sabbatical in April, I finally received the response I knew was coming: rejected. The district’s deadline to notify me was April 30th, so I suppose letting me know on Wednesday this week was close enough to April for them. I was told on that day that my proposal wasn’t accepted (from several people behind the scenes), but know that the union saw the value in my proposal and voted unanimously for, countering the equal number of district representatives who voted against. So technically I was rejected by a 3-3 tie. No, there are no contingencies for ties; all requests have to pass with majority vote. It didn’t matter either way, truly, as I am already set to resign regardless. Just would have loved to give back to the district with my program.

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It’s so impossible to believe these are my last 8 days of school as a teacher. Will I teach in a classroom again? Not if I can help it. Will I teach in schools? Time will tell. What I do know is that as each day passes, I feel lighter and more human. That’s enough for me right now. It’s been decades since I’ve felt this human. I kinda like it.

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My mom discovered this week that there is a family of foxes (one momma and three kits) living on the hill behind the cabin they have on the property. Even though this is a rural area, foxes weren’t part of our growing up. She took photos while on the mower, but they’re incredibly blurry. Hoping to get another snap or two that I can share. I’m planning to spend a few days in the cabin in June, so the kits will be teenage foxes by then.

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I felt the need to stress cook this week. It’s been quite some time since I’ve made anything except simple dinners, but I absolutely love to cook and lose myself in the process. I made crab rangoons on Wednesday and No-Bake cookies Friday. They’re delicious together as a meal, in case you were wondering.

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I found a 4 leaf clover while covering a class with another colleague. We decided to take the kids out to the blacktop to play, and this was in a patch of approximately 4.7 million other clover. I have found more four leaf clovers on school grounds than anywhere else. My grandma used to spend long afternoons hunting 4 leaf clovers and arrowheads in plowed fields where we grew up. I guess I just have a knack. I still find fossils of all kinds, too. You can take the girl out of the cornfield, but you can’t…well, you know the rest.

Here’s wishing you a week full of luck!

Beth