I had my twelfth first day of school last Tuesday. Other than the fact that it has been filled with too many 90-degree days with heat indexes of over 100 degrees, and our building is brick with no air conditioning, all is well. As always, it is fun and exciting to greet the students on day 1. It is always fun to see and catch up with colleagues, since I work in a building full of really great, fun people. Of course, the beginning of the year doesn't come without its challenges, chaos, and a wee bit of stress in the organization and planning of who to intervene with, what times, what days, etc. etc. etc.... oh - and of course, who could forget all of the meetings at the start of the year?!
However, amidst all of this, I find myself dreaming dreams that I wish and hope that each of my students will dream. In my most realistic moments, I won't lie - a lot of times, I wish and hope that my students will share my dreams SOMEday... maybe this year, maybe next, and maybe in a decade or two. I am OK with any of those potential options. I, myself, realize now that I continue to grow and learn, hope and dream, create and become. Quite honestly, I would love to go back and learn about whether or not any of my teachers had secret hopes or dreams for me, and whether or not any of them have come to fruition....
Tonight, I had a moment that I realized is one of my dreams for my students, and I wonder if a teacher ever dreamed of this for me, since it was NEVER my reality more than decade ago. I walked into my new Bible Study and sat down. As we were getting situated, the leader grabbed to big bags from Barnes and Noble. My face instantly broke into a smile. My feet started tapping. My mind was racing: "Which one will it be? Who is the author going to be? The top? The resources? I hope it's a good read! I hope it is engaging and informative, but not too dry or too hard for me!" And then, she passed around a beautiful book that was so soft and perfect. But, it gets better! She reached into the bag and grabbed a second book! Wahoozie! All of a sudden, I was a kid in a candy store... a dog with two tails... the happiest camper at the campground!
As I drove away from the church, two new books as my passengers, I couldn't help but running the scene over again in my head. I had to giggle. I seriously sat and petted my books! Who does that?!
The girl who has fallen in love with books. For real.
The girl who hopes and dreams that every student I come in touch with this year, and every year, will fall in love with books, too. Someday.... today... tomorrow... this year or next... or a decade or two from now. Whichever it is, I wish and hope for every child to fall madly in love with books.
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