Ironic that my last post was about self care and then almost two weeks go by. The first two weeks of school are like a freight train. I forget. Actually, I think a more accurate description is it’s like the downhill of a roller coaster. We spend a lot of time prepping, chugging up the hill, and then wheeeeee. It’s not all downhill, for sure, but the pace is pretty breakneck until winter break.
Following on the heels of a big opening week that ended with the installation of our new head of school, this past Thursday and Friday, we traveled to Baltimore for a bonding/service trip. It was exhausting, but I think the kids had a great time. I personally enjoyed going to the Orioles game. It had been a long time since I’d been to a baseball game. There were kids among us and one adult, even, who’d never been to a baseball game, so that was fun, too. As usual, I enjoyed the company of kids and adults alike. My advisees and I took a selfie, and had a realization that this was our last class trip together. I went with them to Italy in 9th grade, to DC last year and to Baltimore this year. Next year, they’ll be going on college visits instead of a class trip. We lost a classmate when she moved last year, but we gained an exchange student this year. We (really they) are pretty close at this point.
Last night I attended the new parents cocktail party and had some wonderful conversations with new and not so new parents alike. And of course, got to see some colleagues and chat with them as well. I’m an extrovert, so I find these kinds of things energizing, but I still need my rest.
And today, I had a day where I had two pieces of string cheese and some sliced apples for lunch. But I had the pleasure of ending my day working with a group of colleagues who are the leaders within the school, mostly department chairs, but also some program coordinators and representatives from other parts of the school. I really like working with them because I can put a challenging question or problem in front of them, and we will work through it together. They are thoughtful and empathetic. They have the best interests of the school, especially students and faculty, at heart.
These days are a roller coaster ride for sure. But it’s worth it. It reminds me of one of my favorite moments in Parenthood. No, working at a school isn’t quite like parenting, but I think grandma’s story here applies.