Tomorrow is Monday.
Mondays bring to mind Facebook posts full of anxiety and worry and dread. Mondays inspire angry cat posters and memes. Do a Google search. They’ll make you laugh, but I think they miss the mark.
Mondays are not fully appreciated, not fully embraced for the gift that they are. Mondays are a fresh start. Mondays are a new beginning. And tomorrow is our ultimate Monday. Tomorrow is the day all teachers report back to work in our district. It is day one. It is a fresh start, a new beginning. It is one of the things I enjoy the most about my work.
Every year I have the same feeling as we start a new school year. I think it is the same feeling I had as a child. I love school. I love the sharpened pencils and the college rule notebooks and the locker shelves. I love Open House and Curriculum Night and the first football game of the year. But most of all I love the opportunity. I love the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, the chance to learn and grow, and the challenge to do more and be more than we have been before. We get a fresh start every year. Every child, every adult, every one of us gets to start anew on Monday. Every Monday.
Last year was amazing, but I did not handle every situation and every conversation as well as I would have liked. Probably no one did. I am grateful that I get to try again. I am grateful that no matter what challenges or obstacles I have faced in the past, I get to learn from them and start again. I am grateful that the people in my life are understanding and accepting. They teach me; they show me grace; and they inspire me every day to be a better person. And that is what I want for our staff and for our students.
I know that not every child loves school. I know that for some of them the anxiety is real and the fear is not a joke. It is our mission, our purpose, to do what we can for those who need us the most. And I feel blessed to be surrounded by dedicated professionals who have made that their life’s work.
Now don’t get me wrong. Summer was amazing. Weekends are amazing. Time to recharge and reconnect is vital. But we work in the greatest profession in the world, and tomorrow is day one. Monday. And I for one am ready!