Sorry if you came expecting my news on today’s post with a title like “Can I tell you something”. SOON friends, soon! I promise. I’m thinking sometime between now and Monday. For sure by Monday, I’ll stop the teasing and let you in a little.
Yep, the finish line has been crossed! Parent teacher’s conferences are D.O.N.E. for this year! I truly love talking with the parents, especially during the spring conference, they have so much to say and their feedback is ULTRA VALUABLE! I also get to brag on their kids and share some insight into ways to improve their educational paths. I love this part, its just the 6:55 am- 8:30 pm thing that can get a person to feel as if they have been through the mill so to speak.
During parent teacher’s conference I was able to get some insight from some parents, especially deep insight from the parents that have had their children in my room for two years in a row (2nd & 3rd grades). The amazing part was that each and every last one of the parents said they would love for me to be their child’s 4th grade instructor as well! HOLY COW!!! Someone trusts me enough to educate their child for three years—– in a row!! Mostly all of those parents said they would prefer it that way, they want Mrs. H to have their kiddo for three solid years. I did not bring that up, it was completely something they pulled out on their own! I was in shock! This made me feel all sorts of warm and fuzzy inside. I was paid compliments that I wouldn’t have seen coming in a million and thirty years. It was AMAZING! I am so blessed. (just be be clear for those of you that know me- I love my job but hate the position I’m in. I’m getting pooed out after 5 years of switching!)
Some of the valuable information I received was not in the form that I expected. I got the opportunity to sit down with a parent I respect and trust, FULLY. She is a teacher, was an administrator, is a stinking wonderful mother, and woman of faith. She knows me very well and I wanted her honest opinion on a few things. Part of our conversation went like this….
- “Julie, can I tell you something?”
- “Yes, of corse. I want to know exactly what you think and your perspective on everything. Honest and true perspective. Please.”
- “Okay…. You take your job too seriously……. (long pause) Oh gosh, I hope I haven’t offended you. You put so much into this, I’m not sure you have much left. You need to leave this when you walk out the doors. What doesn’t get done, doesn’t get done. You can only do so much, Julie.”
Then, I had to take a deep breath and think. I didn’t know what to say. I knew that she has wonderful insight and this conversation was something that I had to let sink in. I had to not only ‘hear’ her words but LISTEN to what she was saying. I have been raised to give everything I have, that’s the way it is. Go hard or go home. However, I have been going so hard that I have no “me” left after some days. I know a lot of people do this, it is how we feel that we are being the best person we can be. She just wanted to to let me know that I need to let go.
With that being said, I’m making a concious effort to let go of some of the stressors that I cannot control. Here’s to listening to words of wisdom!