no, this isn't going to be a post about my love for the penguin movie. (they killed it with their last half hour of political guilt) even though, yes, i do love penguins. this is a post about something i thought about this morning, while walking around the playground.
each week at my school, the grade levels rotate through morning and afternoon playground duty. this bitterly cold week is ours. but even still, i spend only a half hour of my day outside, walking around. walking around getting fresher air. time spent outside that i normally wouldn't spend at this time of year. i really don't mind the outside duty and let me tell you why: its a chance to see kids. old kids that i taught in years past, who come running up saying "hi miss jones!" and kids that i always thought, "you'll be a disaster" and then, cynically seeing them and realizing how smart i am.
i've always loved footprints either in snow or sand. for some strange reason they've always fascinated me. especially because i detest feet, in general. but i love footprints, they symbolize the journey that life is to me.
i had a moment yesterday after school with another teacher. we both vented some frustrations. we talked about how sometimes this job is so overwhelming, underpaid and unappreciated. then we sat for a minute and both of us said, "but i love it" and i do. i love teaching. sometimes its hard (ok, almost always) but its so worth the challenge. its worth the few rewards that we, as teachers, get.
so this morning, as i was out walking, i kept smiling as i was walking around the playground. it was cold, so i had my hood up & mostly had my head down. i was tickled by the footprints in the new snow from yesterday's storm. so many of those kids have bigger feet than me. some of these kids are even taller than me. and yet, i'm one of their adults in life who will always look out for them. i may not always be nice, but i try to be fair & i try to teach them. i hope i'm doing it right.
oh and that picture - it comes from the top of Mauna Kea, a volcano on the big island of Hawaii. bringing my love of sand (hawaii) and snow together. ahhhhh