On Pause

Last weekend my brother asked me what I planned to do as soon as school was out. I told him I planned on having an identity crisis. When I told this to someone at school yesterday she said...oh, you know who you are. You're still a teacher, you're just a teacher on pause. As of today I'm officially a teacher on pause. The boxes are packed. The keys are turned in. I hugged all my favorite people and now the year is over. There are a few loose ends to tie up, but not many. So it's done and there's no going back.
I'm starting to feel a tiny bit excited about being on pause, but mostly I just keep crying at the thought of being done for awhile. I'm sure that will end soon, too. Afterall...it's summer. There's gardening, sewing, swimming, farmer's marketing, puppet shows, play dough and sand box playing to do. There's lying in the hammock in the tree house and playing dress up repeatedly as well, and it's all good. Pause is good.

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  1. Heather,

    I want you to know how much I just love you! You are amazing and fantastic. xoxo.

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  2. What a grand lunch we had! I love you!

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  3. I hope the pause is even better than you expect. And that when you go back to teaching it's a perfect match in every way.

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  4. What a perfect way to look at it. I have been on pause for two years now and it was scary, but still good! And my friend April has been on pause for almost 7 years now - and she is looking to get back into teaching after her youngest gets into 1st grade (next year). This is great and you can do this! -S

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  5. You're my hero!!! Wish I was as brave. Embrace the hammock!

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  6. I hope you have a wonderful summer. Isha and I are coming to visit from the July 11-20. Hopefully we will get to hang out and enjoy some summer fun with you and the girls.

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  7. Welcome to Pause, Heather! Enjoy it and all the lovely summer things that come with you. You deserve this.

    xoxo

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  8. Congrats Heather. At first I really liked the idea of a pause from teaching, but after more thought I think I disagree. I also think I have moved my Pause into a form of Early Retirement! You are and always will be a teacher..in everything you do. Even your most recent blog on how to sew a shirt was a great example of your "teacher soul." You will nevers stop learning, or sharing your knowledge with others and that, I think, defines a teacher whether she is in the classroom or at home.

    A Pause makes me feel like life is on hold, when it is actually just the opposite. You are not on hold. You are on a new adventure. :)

    Hang in there. It is a transition but just remember to keep breathing and when you start to miss teaching, remember that you are not defined by your profession. And just think... no parent phone calls, no failing students, no detention slips, staff meetings, and all that other fun stuff! Woo Hoo!. Now you can focus on your passions which includes your family and hobbies. Can't wait to see you and hopefully share in this incredible journey!

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