Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The long stretch to the finish...

There are only 7 weeks left of school (give or take a couple of days) and they can't go by fast enough!!

It is comforting to know that in 2 months I'll be flinging myself north FOR GOOD! Wow, I sound as if I've been away forever... but really... with this year, I feel like I have been.

And now, two months away from HOME, I am looking back at all the lessons I have learned down here.

Some are hard to swallow (like I've been too soft on my students, and it faults me big time)
Some are inspiring (like I know more than ever what direction I'd like my career to go in!)
Some are heartbreaking (the state of mind of many of my students)
Some are heartwarming (knowing I appreciate, cherish and crave my friends and family and the support and love they give me even far away)

There are more, and I likely won't realize many until I'm home and can share my experience and grow from it. These next two months will feel long and hard to take at times, but I'm hoping that the light at the end of this tunnel will keep me up and keep me going.

I love and miss you all so very much. I can't wait to see you again!

1 comment:

Brenda said...

Too soft? In my books, that translates to you being a loving, caring person, who tries to bring out the best in her students. There's never going to be anything "wrong" about that! You are approachable in your "softness", which means that students will know that they can come to you with their difficulties, and not feel ashamed if they need help. Absolutely GIFT, Melanie!

What an incredible experience! You will know yourself SO MUCH more now, and be able to move forward with a confidence you never dreamed you'd have! You will also be able to share with others in your profession, the things you've gathered from your time away. Another gift, for sure!

The light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter with each day that passes! Before you know it, you'll be back home and surrounded by the love that you cherish!
You are such a good person, Melanie! We need you as much as you need us!

I look forward to being in your good company again, and hearing about what you've come away with, in this adventure you're on!

Big, big hugs and lots of love and care!