I have a year of middle school experience under my belt.
Jakob made it through freshman year unscathed.
Tim made it through working in the Special Ed department.
We are all no worse for the wear, but I am glad that a break is coming. I have been stressed and exhausted beyond my wildest dreams this school year. I worked so hard to meet all the goals set by and for me. And I surpassed them. Not exceedingly, but I surpassed them. If nothing else I can be absolutely proud of that. And I can be absolutely proud of the relationships that I built with some very hard to reach students. I can know that I impacted some of their lives which is no small feat.
Jakob successfully transferred schools, and I think the move is going to be a really good one for him. I'm excited for him and his future.
Tim has found a great place to work that's filled with great co-workers. I haven't seen him like a job this much ever. It's so awesome to see someone you love find a good fit for them in their work life. And I know he's making a difference as another person in the lives of kids with special needs who cares deeply for them and wants the best for them.
To all the teachers and education workers out there: enjoy your summer. You deserve it. Become a human again, so that next year you can do it all again.