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Endings and beginnings


My first career

Is shutting down

Closing up shop

Wrapping around to

Turn off the lights

The career I didn’t

Realize I was training for

As a student

In grad school

My classroom much smaller

Than I prepared

For

My students never left

My students called me Mom

It was

Wonderful

Awful

Thrilling

Exhausting.

When your students’ fate

Is wound up so tight in one’s worth

It was my identity

It was my joy

And I needed to let it loose from my

Death grip.

Because wisdom comes in knowing

When to say

When.

A silent partner

A suggestion

A realization

A decision

Because my kids need

A mom

More than a teacher

And when I wore the teacher hat

I couldn’t wear the Mom hat

Very

Well.

So goodbye homeschool

Prep and

Planning!

Goodbye

Post-it lists on the counter

Unless they’re for chores!

Goodbye pre-algebra from the start

Which I was never really good at

To

Begin

With!

Goodbye bearing all of the

Burden!

Hello, village.

I once thought you were so

Dangerous

Scary

Unkind

And I think that was

Ill-informed.

I am not naïve

I know this will be hard,

But a different challenge

One that doesn’t rely on my

Mental

Health

So darn much.

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