Most people that I come across during this last week leading up to this very "joyous" day for most students... ask me "So... you're pretty excited to be done, huh?"
"What?" they say. "Aren't you SO excited to have your summers off???? and to be away from the kids??? blah, blah, blah."
Don't get me wrong... I enjoy spending time with my family, and doing some other things, but I really loathe the last day of school.
Why is that, you might ask?
Frankly, it's because it's the LAST time that all of us will be together.
Call me a "softy", but we've put our heart and soul into learning as much as we could during the previous 179 school days... and it's definitely bittersweet for it to come to an end.
I enjoy seeing the students mature, understand what it takes to go on to the next level, and take it one step further towards what "they're going to do in life."
However, I'm not going to be a part of that, anymore... on an everyday basis ... and that makes me quite emotional. Really emotional, because we put a LOT of work in to getting them ready!!!
So, to all of the people who think that I'm really happy for the school year to end... it might be true for some people... but definitely not for me.
I don't think that there's been a year where I haven't gotten emotional... and I'm not afraid to admit that to you, and I'm definitely not afraid to show the students my emotions (even though EVERY year I say that I'm not going to cry... I still do).
Today, after I started to get emotional, I saw a little girl in my class get emotional, too... and I said immediately "SEE... she's crying out of happiness too! These are NOT tears of sadness, but tears of JOY. We've had a GREAT year together!"
We celebrated the rest of the day "exuding JOY" as I called it.
How fun was that?
Still not looking forward to tomorrow.