Tuesday, April 29, 2008

simple pleasures when away from home

A student once gave me a card on the last day of school that said, "There are three great things about being a teacher: June, July, and August." And this was a good kid, a young man who has kept in touch and is now in law school! In a school like mine, however, we deal with a lot of emotionally charged issues because of the wide variety of families and the transient nature of the neighborhood. Yesterday was a staff development day that involved planning for next year, and I came out of it exhausted rather than refreshed. I will feel better when I see my class today, but I'll still be happy when I send home their report cards and move them along to the next grade level.

When we take our family vacation (an actual vacation! With a road trip! The first in four years!), I'm looking forward to some simple pleasures. Being finished with schoolwork will feel great, especially after the rush to finish the year-end paperwork. Not having to wash dishes or sheets will be nice, of course, but there are other little tidbits that make me happy.

Reading a newspaper in every city we visit
Attempting the crossword puzzles in each newspaper
Reading a few books for pleasure without having to "make time" for them
Taking pictures in various states along the way to use in my social studies lessons
Picking up a few new coffee mugs for my collection
Listening to Husband and Amigo bond in the front seat while I read or nap in the back
Exchanging emails with new friends, running into others

Posting the travails of our travels -- eventually. I might not have pictures until we get home.

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Blogger Lynn - the piggy bank painter said...

Have a great vacation! Can I hide in your suitcase?

4/30/2008 6:23 AM  
Blogger Flea said...

That's right! You're going on a roadtrip!!! Hoorah! Do you Sudoku? If so, might I recommend the mensa series to challenge your brain?

You have fun and relax this summer!

4/30/2008 2:09 PM  
Blogger Killlashandra said...

Road trips are so much fun! I hope you guys have a great time visiting new places. I was sort of hoping to pack my kids up for one this summer but the price of gas has left me stunned. So we'll see.

I agree with reading all the local newspapers at the different stops. Although I'm not much for the crossword puzzles though. ;)

5/01/2008 10:19 AM  
Blogger Club 166 said...

I love roadtrips, though ours usually are more like "National Lampoon's Vacation" than the idyllic one you describe.

I love them just the same.

Have a great trip!


5/02/2008 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Elliott - 21st Century Dad said...

The roadtrip is an American family institution.

I agree that you don't have to be extravagant. The things on your list that make you happy are inexpensive, free, or things you cannot buy. Those are the things in life I treasure most.

Enjoy your roadtrip. Most motels have wi-fi, so keep us posted! :)

5/04/2008 8:56 PM  

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