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.”