Believe it or not, I am currently wearing my brand new Marlo Thomas That Girl t-shirt. I ordered on line after seeing a picture of Phoebe from Friends wearing one. I am not a fan of Friends in reruns, and haven't seen That Girl! in forever. My sister and I used to LOVE that show though. When we were in the City (FYI, in the Bay Area of California, The City always means San Fransisco, and while we are on the subject NO ONE from the Bay Area would EVER call it Frisco; EVER), we both HAD to throw our hats in the air because of That Girl!
Now that I'm not ready to keel over and puke, I feel a little bit closer connected with That Girl. It is great to have my energy back. Tomorrow is a VERY BIG DAY as the Girl is being promoted from 5th Grade to 6th Grade. She's got her outfit all picked out and plans to shower both tonight AND tomorrow morning - so as to be EXTRA clean.
I suppose it would be more exciting for the school year to come to a close if it weren't true that a TON of great co-teachers are packing up their classrooms and moving on. I'll miss the familiar faces and the easy vibe we have. Despite being composed of REALLY different people, our school functions fantastically and everyone has the kids at the center of their focus. It is great to be a part of team that really functions like that. I haven't infinite faith in my Boss who is really good at people and his ability to add people who would grove well with us. And we aren't having to add a ton of people, but the shifting from the ones who were to the few who get added is enough to cause you to wonder about the future.
I like that even after years and years and years of going to school, it is always the same worry; Will they like me? Of course when it comes to the day to day work of the classroom, my focus is on my students and their needs, but still, it is wonderful when the people you work with are in sync with you. Here's hoping.
And of all of this is to avoid thinking that a child I gave birth to is now heading off to MIDDLE SCHOOL. I remember vividly standing on the steps of Silverado Middle School waiting to climb the stairs up from the lunch tables to English or Math or History (It's a class they used to teach - kids, you can ask your parents). It is hard to comprehend that she will be going to middle school. I don't know how everyone got so old all of the sudden. So if we are Facebook friends be prepared for all the picks of my Little Unicorn in all her Sailor Moon glory promoting from 5th to 6th grade, and also not to be outdone by his sister, the Boy is also getting an award - although, we don't know what it is for -- stay tuned.
Here's to all of us out there - may we always be That Girl!i
Keep moving forward,