Rose: The kids.
Thorn: Waking up to an alarm clock again.
Rose: Working with some of my best friends.
Thorn: Being tired pretty much all of the time.
Rose: Being able to shape so many children’s first view of school. There’s nothing like it.
Thorn: Getting frustrated on days my body won’t cooperate like I want it to.
Rose: Being able to explore with my kids the importance of having empathy and compassion.
Thorn: No planning time this year. Having to teach library, gym, art, & music for the first time ever.
Rose: Getting to do the parachute in gym class with my kids…And dancing.
Thorn: Life going back to a super fast pace.
Rose: Cute work clothes.
Thorn: No more shorts or flip-flops.
Rose: Getting back on a schedule.
Thorn: Getting back on a schedule.
Rose: Former students. When they visit, ask if they can help in the classroom, and when you realize just how far they have come.
Thorn: Keeping track of all of the paperwork, new rules, and regulations.
Rose: The hugs. The smiles. The curiosity. Watching the kids experience the biggest joy over the smallest things. The innocence.
Thorn: No more leisurely mornings in my PJs watching the Today Show and drinking coffee during the week.
Rose: The families that make up the Wexford family.
Thorn: Having to constantly keep track of my body and if I am pacing myself enough to make it through an entire work week.
Rose: My returning children who I will have the privilege of having for two or three years.
Thorn: Having to actually keep track of what day it is again.
Rose: Watching a class of independent thinkers and learners evolve.
Thorn: POTS induced insomnia nights and then having to go to work.
Rose: Having open discussions about so many topics. And I mean SO many.
Thorn: Figuring out how to balance it all again.
Rose: The uncensored, refreshing honesty of children.
Thorn: Colder weather.
Rose: All of the fun, fall activities we do.
Thorn: Having to admit to myself that I can’t do it all, and some things need to go.
Rose: The inevitable laughs.
Thorn: Days that I must come to terms that I need to ask for help.
Rose: The kids. Did I mention the kids? Because if I didn’t, the KIDS are the biggest, best rose of all.
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