Yesterday I was notified that I was in a video that my school district showed at their "First Day Back For Teachers."  My first thought was: Geez I am retired and I am not even there to see it, but many of my colleagues sent it to me so I was able to view it. There were clips of many teachers doing their job and I felt very fortunate to have been in the first few minutes of the video in which it showed me working on the rug with a very special student, since he lives right down the street from me and his mom was a colleague in the district.  Yes...It was a privilege and honor to be a part of this very inspiring video to say the least especially since I am no longer a part of the school district.  It actually made me feel like maybe I should be teaching again.  However, when I pondered upon that feeling or thought, two words came to mind...NO WAY!  Yes, I LOVED teaching and could not have chosen a better or more inspiring profession, but after 34 years, I figured it was time to move on and just have the memories of a job well times...touching lives in many ways and not just students, but parents, colleagues and others.   Although teaching probably is one of the most difficult jobs, it is definitely one of the best jobs in the universe.  You have the ability to touch others in a magnificent touch minds, feelings, nurture, support and help students and give advice, share good and not so good news, you go to work and are on for 6-10 hours a day depending what you take home with you, not to mention that feeling of did I handle that situation correctly, did I do my best, did I help that little one, should I call the parents, should I forget about it???

So, yes, I am very happy that I am in the video from the opening day, but more importantly, it shows just how important all teachers are not matter what you teach or have taught, teaching will always be apart of your soul pass the baton on to all of you. Make the best of each day you teach because you are SUPER!!! Wear your Superman shirt with deserve it! (I just wish I had one!!! I guess I retired a year too soon..oh well...I have to bloom where I am.  I will just have to settle for being a retired Superman!!)

This video is also linked on my page...ENJOY!
Today has been an interesting day for me.  The teachers from my district (my former colleagues) had their first day back.  I have to felt a bit strange not going back to school today so my friend, who also retired last year, and I decided to go to breakfast to celebrate our new found freedom. We chose to go to the Llanerch Diner and we were seated at the booth in which Bradley Cooper sat in when filming "Silver Lining Playbook."  Well that in itself was a great way to start the morning. As we left, the owner said," Did you enjoy sitting in the same booth as Bradley Cooper?" which I replied, " Yes, but it would be a lot better if he were sitting with us!" Of course I was kidding...well sort of kidding. I mean it really would have been nice to sit with him, but that, I would say is pretty much a mute point. new journey begins and it begins with a quote from Joel Osteen, "Bloom where you are!"
Yes, my friend and I have to "bloom where we are" and do the best we can do in our new venture. But, all the teachers that are going back to school this week should also bloom where they are!  They have been given the rewarding responsibility of some new smiling faces and yes, you...the teachers... are the ones who have to be their teacher, mother, psychologist, nurse, friend, listener, comforter just to name a few of the "hats" you will wear this year as a teacher. With this new beginning, feel fortunate to have the opportunity to make a difference in your kiddos' lives. "Bloom where you are," make the best of each day, bring back the fun in learning and have fun while you are teaching.

My Upper Floor team had a blast last year making the best of everyday and doing our best in all the roles we played.  Some of us dressed as snowmen for Halloween, 100th Day old women for the 100th Day of School, dressed as an insect when teaching insects(and the children made insect headbands),
dressed as clouds when we taught clouds and even hugged a skunk! Yes, we did BLOOM and the children loved to come to school everyday to see what might happen next. Did they learn? YES. Did they have fun while learning? YES. Did we have fun teaching? YES WE DID!

So, I challenge every teacher and actually everyone to bloom where you are and enjoy the journey...there is only one! Kathy


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