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This is my first TWT post since I am officially on summer break. It still doesn’t seem real to me. Over the weekend I kept telling myself, “These are days I would have off anyway…it doesn’t count.”
Each year I go through this transition where I switch over from the main labels of educator to wife, mother, writer.
These identities are always part of me, of course, but the priority of the labels switch places for a while when the demands on my time are changed.
I used to have a school hangover for more than a week. I would be in a panic thinking I was forgetting something. I used to pack up a lot of stuff to bring home over the summer as well.
In recent years, the transition has gotten easier.
For instance, I didn’t bring home a carload of stuff. I am also not worried about my classroom being used for summer school. I would have in the past.
You see, I don’t really like change I have come to realize. I like patterns and structures THAT I ESTABLISH. If they happen TO me, then I resist.
If I feel I have no choice, I resist.
Honestly, I am a rebel, so sometimes even my own rules I resist.
A long time ago I gave myself a summer assignment in the name of being a well rounded person and because…ah hem….teacher.
Sometimes it was to read the classics I didn’t read when I was in high school. Or it is to complete a writing course. Or to try a new recipe.
I have come to learn that experiments are part of how I am designed and align best to my creativity.
But this year I feel different as I shed the skin of teacher and slip into the new one of full time writer. I am not sure if it is the pivots that had to be made over the last year + or just that the personal stressors of past years are being eliminated. Some have timed out and some I have made decisions regarding in order to let them go.
The freedom of the summer schedule aligns with how I work best. Later in the summer I will examine how to bring more of that feeling to the job , but for now…I am going to write some more and then go for a walk.
I would love to hear about your transition from school to home – is it dramatic for you?
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