For any of you ladies who may covet the time off teachers get each summer, I have come up with an analogy that may put it all in perspective for you. Remember the joyous and difficult moments of pregnancy over the course of nine months? Remember the last trimester when you were so worn out, tired, out of patience, and ready to explode? All you can do is to continue doing your best, endure to the end and await the joyous end results. You hope that all the tests come back within normal ranges and that what you have done during this time will produce a happy, healthy and thriving human being. Well, that is what May is like for teachers! We must have our summer months off to recuperate, mend our hearts, and dry our tears of joy as we forgive and forget the pain and agony these little brats have put us through.
Then come August, we will once again be at the school for hours beyond our contract time planning curriculum, learning activities, and excitedly looking forward to teaching the little darlings once again with renewed vigor and vim! We will have forgotten the evil things they may have done or said and that many of their parents believe their child would never do wrong. . . ever! We will come back with more responsibilities than before with little hopes of a pay increase due to budget cuts and we will gladly spend our own money to supplement our supplies and make due with whatever materials we have. . . and we'll believe we can once again make a diffference! Ha! I hope that helps those of you who covet our time off during the summer months!