The month made me think of Neil Diamond's song as I write this contemplating my title.
The first of September and the first day of schools in Wisconsin...It is the second year not to be teaching. I have mixed feelings still. So much of who I am is about working with kids. And I made many connections to many many students over the years. I still worry about a few of mine as they are finishing up their high school years. I am even in connection with some graduates and celebrate their recent acceptances to grad school or house purchases, etc.
I always wanted to be a teacher and I cared so much for the students to be the best they could be. Not everyone is cut out for college or even needs it to be successful. And some students really struggle in finding themselves amid family issues and mental health issues and trying to fit in. But I wanted them to learn about deadlines and accomplishments and following directions. I don't think education is all about content so much. I mean who really uses algebra 2 in life! I think it is more about skills applicable to life: working with all kinds of people whether peers or teachers/bosses, acquiescing to environments for the benefit of all, and so much more. And it is learning to use resources: books, online and PEOPLE!
I will tutor this year. But I am not at all ready to enter schools amid Covid. I would love to assist classrooms or substitute, but I worry so about the spread of the virus. It is a hot bed of frustration for oh, so many.
Here's to a good year for all!
On a quilting note, I have made a second color combination of the Lucy pattern by GE designs. The pattern is striking in its design and has so many potential layouts and colorways to make. I made this for our committee to make the raffle quilt for the quilt show as a sample. The members are truly inspiring quilters to me.
The colors are teal/aqua and a gray swirl which looks more tan in the picture next to my carpet.