Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

Meanwhile, I am rather prolific on twitter. Find me: @KeethaB
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

School Days - Miss/Don't Miss


I'm sure most of you remember that last spring my teaching career came to a crashing halt when our small private school was forced to close its doors due to decreasing enrollment. Well, you SHOULD remember, I whined enough about it.

Lots of changes have occurred in my life since then. As is usual for change, it's been a mixed bag of good and bad. If I were still teaching in our beloved little school, I could not have moved back to my home state.

There are definitely SOME things I really miss about school and others? Well, not so much.

Things I Miss Every Day:

1) The crazy antics of my students.

They brought much joy and many laughs to my world.

2) My colleagues, peers, and friends. Goodness, who is the goofy one that snuck into this picture?

We "walked so many miles" together it is hard to be separated now.

3) My students.

I was blessed to be the teacher of wonderful students who still from time to time reach out to let me know they remember.

4) The "Awwwwww" moments.

I taught six different subjects each day with different groups of students in each.

And from each of those groups of students I received much more than I gave.

Things I Haven't Missed For Even One Skinny Minute

1) The alarm going off at 4:15 every single school morning.

2) All the "other" stuff that wasn't teaching - - - - meetings, paper work, etc.

3) The alarm going off at 4:15 every single morning.

4) Falling asleep in my chair each evening by 5:30 or 6.

5) The alarm going off at 4:15 every single morning.



Linda @ A La Carte said...

All changes have the good and the bad don't they! I miss the people and the fun I had at my job, but the early alarm is not one of them! hugs, Linda

Life As I Know It said...

Whether you miss it or not, sounds as if you were a much appreciated and loved teacher. And that's a great thing :)

Tonja said...

I understand this. Sometimes I ask myself why I ever retired. I miss my friends and the kids. But all the other stuff, I'm glad is over.

lilmomma said...

As one of those famed former students, I want to say that YOU are the one we couldn't give enough back to! Your advice and wisdom and simply put, your love for us all, has blessed and continues to bless us!

Theresa said...

Change does that, doesn't it? Makes us remember the GOOD and the bad! Great pictures and notes showing how much you were appreciated! I know that they all miss you as much as you miss them! I DON'T miss work but miss the friends that I don't see as often! Have a blessed day remembering those days! HUGS!

Brenda said...

Wow, 4:15 everyday? I bet you LOVED weekends!
Nice to have such wonderful memories to hold dear.

lilmomma said...

Here you go, Keetha, my dear!

Holly said...

That 4:15 would do it for me!

Love those school antics!

lilmomma said... worked for your response. Sent it right to my email!

Vickie said...

so glad I made the post because I miss you too but seriously you mentioned nothing about the amazing pranks that were played on you all in the name of love.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I am sure you miss them but I think this new venture in your life is wonderful for you and your husband. The alarm NOT going off at 4:15 every single morning is a huge plus!

nancygrayce said...

As much as you may miss that alarm going off at the inhuman hour of 4:15.......:) you have memories to last a life time with those kids that you obviously made a great impression on!

j said...

Sheesh, 4:15?!! I guess you don't miss that at all!

I can understand why you miss your students.

Anonymous said...

You made a difference in many lives for the better and im sure they miss you too.
Theres a reason for everything and where youmare is where you are ment to be. Will you be looking for another teaching job where youmare now

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

You'll like this...I had a parent tell me the other day that I was TOO OLD to be teaching!! At least it made me laugh...and her son is 15 y/o, almost 16, in the 8th grade...speaking of too old

Lady Jane said...

Nice post of what you miss and I loved your dont miss list. It is hard to say goodbye but nice to have wonderful memories. And because of it you are now home. Wow life takes such turns doesnt it? I ove that Kresge pattern. I used to love going and having lunch at the Kresge lunch counter with my mom when I was little....

Keetha said...

You know how I feel about teachers: heroes! We are so lucky that there are people like you who do that work. Thanks!

Keri said...

It's funny that I read this post today because we had a delay this morning and I thought "I bet Wisconsin didn't have a delay this morning!!" :)

I have to say...I was thankful for the delay because I didn't want to crawl out of bed to take Mack to school (he was supposed to have a field trip today and would have gone to school in the morning instead of the afternoon.).

Oh...I ALSO thought of you today when Piper and I got groceries and I almost started to whine (internally) about how cold I was and then I remembered the temps YOU live in and have been out ENJOYING so I shut myself right up. (It IS 10 degrees, tho! brrr)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I'm getting tired just thinking of you waking up at 4:15. Ack!!

It's so great that you touched so many young lives, and even with all the changes in your life...that will never change. They'll remember you forever. I thought of you during college football season... I know that was a big part of your classroom (I remember you saying once that one of the dads got excited when he found out that you were the football teacher, lol).

"One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had, nor what clothes I wore. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child."

Cortney said...

You know each time we have a long weekend or break it gets harder and harder to go back, but then I really cant think of anything else I cold do for work. Unless my blog generated $ to support me, I really don't have much to fall back on.

It's good to know great teachers are appreciated and that your students still reach out.