This is a lot, lot harder than I thought. The end is literally around the corner… next week. Friday is my retirement party, next Wednesday my last End-of-the-Year Awards assembly, Thursday the student’s last day of school and Friday is the staff’s last workday.
For every card and surprise gift I’m getting I struggle not to cry. With every parent that comes up to give me a hug and wish me well my throat constricts. When someone comes up and asks, “What are we going to do without you?”, I can’t look them in the eye. And when they ask, “Are you counting down the days… are you getting excited?”, my silent answer is “No.”
I know I am doing the right thing, but, dammit… they are making this so hard! I LOVE these people, I LOVE these kids, I LOVE this school! Where did the time go that I am already saying goodbye?
“Lord, give me strength to make it through next week.”