Its dim, but its there. The end of the school year is upon us. The end of soccer season is nigh. The end of (seemingly endless) swimming lessons is imminent!! *pant*pant* I’m going to finish this marathon of a school year. I’m not going to let it beat me! *shakes my fist* “Get offa my lawn you school year!!!” I am d-o-n-e, can you tell? And I have a lot of soapboxes right now and I’ve been trying to organize them in chronological order, but you know, the one I’m fighting with right now is this, “Why is it that we have Teacher Appreciation Week during the last month of the school year?” We are all exhausted. Our children are exhausted. The teachers and staff are exhausted. I mean, we as a community, are just pooped. I really think maybe just a few weeks earlier would be helpful, however no one has asked my opinion about this. I’ve been doing my morning drop-offs every day and then running to and fro to pick up gifts for the resource teachers and firstly, I am happy to do it. I volunteer to take on an extra resource teacher every year who otherwise wouldn’t get “little gifts” every day because they don’t have a classroom. This year I adopted 2 teachers. The amount of work they do is tremendous and I am acutely aware of how much time and effort they put in since M uses them. Its also somewhat selfish, I like to be able to be the one to give them the gifts because I feel like part of the community, part of a group. That’s my “damage”. I’m just terrified of feeling left out. I actually enjoy popping into the school for little things often (bonkers, I know). And, I am coming to realize in my “old age”, I think I enjoy complaining about it in a warm-hearted manner. I really do enjoy it, otherwise I wouldn’t do it, but I also seem to have a need to nervously cover up what I enjoy for some reason. Lack of confidence I suppose. So frustrating. Here is a perfect example: I wore a Muppet shirt today with Miss. Piggy and Kermit on it and made no fewer than 3 excuses to friends as to why I was wearing a Muppet shirt. So ridiculous. No need for that. In any case, Friday is the last day of this week’s marathon! We can do it!! And don’t go around making excuses for your awesome t-shirt like me. You just wear that shirt and smile big!