Published in 1991 in Shining Star Magazine
this Shining Moment still shines brightly. Thought you might enjoy it.
“Whew. What a week!” I sighed on a Friday evening.
“It’s been absolutely exhausting.”
The friend with whom I was speaking simply smiled and I went on talking.
“It’s been particularly hard at school right now.
We had to give a major test that took the most part of three days.
That’s always a challenge with wiggly little first graders.
And we had lots of meetings to attend.
I had some important parent conferences after school
And it was National Lunch Week so crowds of parents came to school
To eat with their children.
And Picture Day.
Papers to correct. Lesson Plans. Bulletin boards to change.
Telephone call. Notes. More meetings…”
My friend continued to smile.
“This coming week should be better,” I said.
“I doubt it,” my friend replied with a twinkle in her eye.
“Oh, but surely it will be easier,” I insisted.
“It’s just there’s a lot of pressure right now.”
“Sharon, there’s always something.
You’re a teacher!”
Each week is a challenge. The challenge just changes.
The flurry of the beginning of school leads to the press of first report cards,
Fall parties, conferences, etc.
which leads into the busy holiday season
that leads into the cold winter months.
School closings. Boots. Heavy coats with zippers that don’t work.
Make up days. Report cars which leads into etc.etc.
The life of a teacher is never dull. Never monotonous.
Endless variety and constant change keep us living on our tip-toes.
Yes, we usually come to Friday with a great sigh of relief
And a song of thanksgiving to have survived.
But deep down in our hearts is a spring of joy,
A sense of satisfaction.
We have the privilege of touching the lives of children.
Countless boys and girls are different today
because of our influence.
Amidst the busyness of each week and the pressure of life’s demands
it’s encouraging to know that we are not alone.
All those dedicated to educating children feel, at times,
The same weariness, experience the same frustration
And struggle with a sense of being overwhelmed.
It’s part of our calling.
And it too draws us together-heart to heart.
So, how has your week been?
A bit crazy? Hectic? Unbelievable?
Let’s join hands. How great it is to be a teacher!
Know a teacher who might benefit from some coaching?