Another school year has come to a close. We had promotion for the 5th graders on Friday and today was the annual 5th grade bridge. The teachers line up and the 5th graders pass between them with lots of crying and hugging... After that all of the teachers go outside and wave as the buses leave. This year was the first group of 5th graders that I have taught since they were in kindergarten. I've watched them grow and mature. I'm really going to miss them. I wish them all the best in middle school and beyond. I hope that I touched the life of even just one of those kids as so many of my teachers touched my life.
It occurred to me recently that the kids who were in 5th grade my first year here will be seniors in high school next year. That's a scary thought for me!
Next year may bring a lot of changes for me as I look to move out of the computer lab and into a regular classroom. I may not even be at the same school and it's going to be difficult to leave behind everyone that I know and love here. But I was called to teach and I need to move forward so that I may do so. No matter where life takes me, I will always remember the start to my teaching career and all of the students and staff here who have touched my life and made a difference in my world.
Last Monday, Memorial Day, when many people were at the beach or camping or having BBQs with their families, I was picking up the newest resident at my house.
She's the brown bun on the right and her name is Ellie. She's approximately 3 years old and she was given to me by some friends who had rescued her from being taken to the Humane Society. They had intended to find her a forever home and two years later she was still living with them. After I lost Flower, they thought of Stormy and me. I agreed to give it a try. I wasn't committing to keeping her in case Stormy didn't like her. So, I brought her home. I fell in love with her at first sight. She's too cute for words (Squee!) and she's super tiny (less than half of Stormy's size). The two are still getting used to each other. I was only able to get this photo because they had stopped chasing each other to catch a breather.
All three of my buns have had 2 names (Cinnamon Bun, Flower Pot, and Stormy Bear). I decided that if Ellie was going to be staying with us, she needed a second name too. I tossed around a few ideas and decided on Ellie Mae. It just flows off the tongue and it's super cute, just like her. It's also sort of significant because she came to me in May. I have to admit, Mae isn't the only second name she has. I also call her Ellie Copter because her ears sticking straight out makes her look like a helicopter. Snart! (Snart is a word some friends and I say when something is silly/funny. It makes us laugh that much harder). I know, that's just wrong. But I think it's adorable. It's like when I call Stormy a Stinky Bear. I say it with love.