It’s The Last Day To Read All Morning

It’s the last day to read all morning, tiptoeing back to bed with my giant mug of Starbucks, crawling in between the two kitties who look most indignant at being disturbed.
It’s the last day to open my All-New Nook, light as a feather though it contains 187 books five of which are novellas for Frances‘ Novella Challenge. I’m halfway through Mary Shelley’s Mathilda, enjoying every word as I’ve only previously met Frankenstein.
It’s the last day to be free of meetings, bells, announcements, and last minute races to the washroom because it’ll be five hours before one can go there again. The children will come racing through the halls, just as they race out again at 3:35, and teachers on duty will be saying, “Good morning! Slow down. Walk, please,” as though it’s a mantra.
It’s been a good summer, filled with such treats as crab cakes and basmati rice, chocolate malts, and coffees at McDonald’s. It’s held a bicycle ride almost four times a week, a make-up lesson at Chanel, and several movies. (My favorite? Going to the latest Pirate movie with my son, late, late at night.) It’s had a wedding and a funeral to remind me that life begins and ends, just as the cycle of school years and summers that have been my life.
Most people begin New Year’s on January 1. For me, it’s the first day of school. I’m looking forward to meeting those dear children. They’re the best part of a bad bureaucracy, and the only worthwhile reason I can think of for getting up so early every morning until next summer.

26 thoughts on “It’s The Last Day To Read All Morning

  1. There's always something new-feeling for me at this time of year, for no real reason. Absorption, I guess! I hope your new year is wonderful…those dear children are lucky to have you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. When I was in college and grad school, I always felt like the year didn't start until fall (when the new school year began) – so I can understand what you mean about the year just beginning for you ๐Ÿ™‚ By the by, you got a new nook? Which one did you get? Anyhow, enjoy your last day before school starts – coffee and a good book sound perfect to me ๐Ÿ™‚ School actually began here yesterday – seems like it starts earlier and earlier each year.

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  3. So glad you had a satisfying summer! Teachers truly deserve that time. I hope you have great kids this year and you have a least a little time to read in bed. If I were to read in bed I would fall asleep, lol, but then I don't drink coffee. Maybe that's the secret!

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  4. Like you, I definitely think of my year as beginning in late August. Maybe that's why I don't care about New Year's Eve… I'd never considered that before. I go back for inservice days on Monday, students on Thursday. I hope your first week goes well

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  5. I loved how you described your summer! Today was my son's first day of his senior year and my very last 1st day of school….been a bit teary…..hard to see a season pass.

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  6. Thanks for a nice summer of postings, esp. the Paris ones. And yes, a time for rest, a time for work. Happy New Year to you and may the new year usher in blessings to fill your days with cheers and meaning. Have a great term, Bellezza!

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  7. I wish you well with the coming school year! Even though I no longer have to attend, there is always a feeling of "new year" about this time. Perhaps it's the invigoration brought on by the cooler fall weather.

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  8. Oh Bellezza as I lazily lie in bed reading blogs I wish you well in your new school year. I still have a few weeks to go of being able to go to the loo I'm my own time, guess which part of your post made me smile the most…

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  9. Such a lovely, pensive post about summer. I loved it. I was never happy to 'hand over my children' – I loved them being home in the summer. Tom is gearing up with meetings and then 7th grade orientation next week and classes the next. And I LOVE the new blog set up. You are so creative, here and in your life. Wishing you a great teaching year. Please post classroom stories!

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  10. Not a teacher, but my year has always begun in the fall for 70 years. This is the moment of raised awareness the chance for new beginnings, the adventure of learning, the opportunity for new friends. Excitement fills me with the challenge. M2

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  11. I hope you had a lovely "last day" and a stress-free "first day." How do you like your new NOOK? I'm assuming you are referring to the Simple Touch, right? It's pretty sweet, isn't it?You've ridden your bike far more often than I have. I really hope to remedy that beginning next week. I've eaten far too much ice cream this summer…

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  12. We need more teachers like you, Bellezza. I hope this year is a wonderful school year for you and your children. I've always loved this time of year (or at least the fall)–seems so full of new possibilities.

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  13. Summer is winding down here too! It's been so fun sleeping late and traveling and reading with the girls — and laughing when my little one's reads become naps ๐Ÿ™‚ I'll miss it, but I know I'll love the energy of my new students too!Have a wonderful year of teaching and learning, Bellezza. Your students are so lucky to have you as a mentor!

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  14. "Most people begin New Year's on January 1. For me, it's the first day of school. "It always seems to be that way for me, too. More so when I lived in the north rather than now where it is 108 for the day. No fall chill in the air.

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