I'm feeling sleepy and I'm wishing for a little bit of quiet. I think I'm sick of the sound of FANS. Bill's exercising downstairs and to hear the television over the stationary bike, he has the sound up way too loud. We sleep with the fans on, too. I don't care if it is too hot, tomorrow morning I'm going to turn the fans off and try to hear the quiet again. It's driving me bonkers.
I think maybe my nerves are gearing up for school. I quickly forget how noisy middle school hallways are and maybe I need to start practicing tolerance - as far as noise goes. Yikes.
It was fun to see these sweet former students yesterday. Aren't they dear? We talked about high school, extra stuff they are doing outside of school, junior year and what they are looking forward to. They remember a lot about advanced language arts three years ago and it was funny to hear their perspective. They remembered watching movies. They remember how noisy they were (but, we still got all our work done!) They remembered exactly who was in class with them for eighth period, 2006-2007. I felt a little sad afterward. High school is so scrutinizing, often spiked with rejection and obscurity. They attend a big high school and I know they desire more from their peers than what they're getting. I'm so thankful that our kids are finished with school and I know I wouldn't want to relive those years. I think "friend lessons" would be a good idea because it seems as if a too small number of teenagers really know how to be there for each other. I'm going to try to remember that many of my students may be feeling lonely, scared, or invisible.