>I was thankful for…

>I’ve completed my first day back, after a very short Thanksgiving holiday, and I already have a list of things I miss. Here are some of them in no particular order:

1. Using the bathroom whenever the need arises.

2. Talking in complete sentences without being interrupted.

3. Talking without intentionally putting context clues into my sentences so that my “big old lady vocabulary words” can be understood.

4. Breathing through my nose without throwing up a little in my mouth.

5. Eating off of plates that don’t contain food compartments.

6. Using real silverware. I know sporks prevent “accidental shankings” but come on.

7. Being referred to by my name, instead of “hey Miss teacher lady.”

8. Talking to people’s faces, instead of the backs of heads.

9. Not having everything I say, go off on some random tangent. Example:

Me: “That’s exactly right. Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates an actual sound. If a poet were to write a poem about a fantastic fireworks display, what are some sound words they might use?”

Students: “Kaboom, bang, pop, boom, pow…” followed by a musical interlude of “Gotta get-get, gotta g-g-g-get-get boom boom boom, gotta get-get boom boom boom…” And I thought we were making progress. (My favorite part was when the students were writing down their examples, and one of them asked me how to spell “boom”… oh boy.)

10. Not having to say, “It’s already 10:00? What in the world am I still doing up?”