Monday, May 21, 2012

Finding my Heart's Desire...


 
It appears every year around this time, my thoughts drift toward endings. May seems naturally jam-packed with conclusions as we as teachers bid good-bye to students within our care.

This year is no different as congratulations are offered to my students graduating from elementary school and boarding upon the voyage into middle school as their bags are overflowing with worries and trepidations.

As most of you already know, I too will be launching a journey of my own back into the self-contained world where my heart’s desire resides with each and every one of those Kindergarten students with special needs. My luggage is packed as well although not with fears but great anticipation and happiness as I head for home-the precise dwelling where I belong.


“Keep your heart open to dreams. For as long as there’s a dream, there is hope. And as long as there is hope, there is joy in living.”

Anonymous

53 comments:

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Beautiful imagery in this post, Tracy. Really lovely. And I am so glad that you are returning home to the kind of classroom you love.

Great quote too--a lot of wisdom there.

Lin said...

There are many mixed feelings at this time of year--sad to leave, yet so tired of the same old faces and ready for a change.

It's good that we have summer--to help us rejuvenate for what lies ahead.

Happy Summer, pally!

TexWisGirl said...

bittersweet, but good.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yes---leaving is hard.. We leave what we are used to, what is comfy; and then step out into a brand new world... Scary though--but exciting..

When I took a job in Tennessee in 2000--and left a comfy job and my family, I truly stepped out into the world... I stepped out of my box and went somewhere where I knew nobody.... BUT--I was excited and knew that God was with me.. Soon after I got there, I met George... The rest as they say is history... Thanks for new direction!!!!

I'm so happy for you, Tracy...
Hugs,
Betsy

Daisy said...

It sounds exciting, Tracy. I'm happy for you and wish you the best of luck! :)

Journaling Woman said...

It's bittersweet to leave behind and yet reach ahead. I've never regretted a move I made within my school district.

T

Jeanie said...

There is no doubt that what lies ahead will be positive for you and your precious students. You have an attitude that will bring all the best to your new endeavor.

KathyA said...

In order to avoid burn out - something that plagues us as teachers, we must constantly seek to renew and re-define ourselves. Brava to you!!

Linda Reeder said...

I am happy for you that you are happy with your new challenge.
I am happy for me that I no longer have those school year beginnings and endings.

Beth Zimmerman said...

Yay! Enjoy your summer and your new "home!"

Ginny said...

You have an exciting future to look forward to.

Susan Kane said...

The end of the school year always brought on a strange melancholy--still feel it at the end of May.

Happy moving on!

Out on the prairie said...

I always had a blur in my eye seeing my students move on.

Out on the prairie said...

I always had a blur in my eye seeing my students move on.

That corgi :) said...

I am sure it is always hard at the end of a year being a teacher, saying goodbye, remembering about the ups and lows of the year, how much the kids grew in so many ways, how influential you were in their lives for a short period of time, and then to have to say goodbye and move on to the next class. But it does seem like where your interests will be next year will be a worthy one indeed!

betty

Old Kitty said...

New beginnings, new hope, exciting times for all! Yay! take care
x

Em-Musing said...

Beautiful sentiments.

Arkansas Patti said...

Sounds like you are truly going home. What a great feeling that must be.
Enjoy your new start.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

So excited for you :-)

Tina said...

Nothing more rewarding that finding, then following and executing one's heart's desire. Glad you are on your way.

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, man--my BABY graduates 8th grade this year. Next year, for a single year, I will have two in high school, then my older will think about fleeing the coop.

Good for you pursuing your dream with those special needs kids--they are lucky to have you!

Alexandra said...

Thinking of you and wishing you the very best during "endings" and new beginnings. :)

Hugs

Chatty Crone said...

I think you are going to find your hearts desire when you work with those little kidlets - I am so happy for you! sandie♥

Nikky44 said...

I can feel it is a very emotional part of the year, where we feel happy and sad at the same time. Good luck for the future

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

A new and excitin' adventure awaits ya sweetie!!!

Enjoy the journey. What a beautifully written post.

God bless and have an amazin' day! :o)

Misha Gericke said...

Ooh good luck with the next phase in your life! Keeping you in my thoughts. :-)

Kea said...

Such a lovely post, Tracy. I hope your journey brings all that you envision, for your Highest Good. :-)

P.S. Yes, everyone out in blog land will be kept up-to-date on the situation with my neighbours. Actually, I hope there's nothing to report, in terms of further negative energy. But I won't hold my breath.

Brian said...

I hope we get to tag along from time to time!

Nancy said...

Enjoy, Tracy!!

Maple Lane said...

Wishing you much happiness and success.

Buttons said...

Congratulations. Holly Springs Elementary is very lucky to have such a caring Kindergarten teacher.
A new journey is always exciting. Take care B

farawayeyes said...

Beautiful post and what an incredible opportunity you are embarking on. I hope you find joy in that specific journey.

M said...

You will do well!
And....no I don't know what or where I will be teaching yet...but if I keep my kids as first graders I won't have to let them go yet :)

Catherine said...

Sounds like you are heading in the right direction for yourself Tracy. It's hard to believe another school year is over. Wishing you the best of luck!
xo Catherine

Sylvia said...

Wonderful quote !
Good luck with your new journey, Tracy !
Sylvia

Just Be Real said...

A new adventure. All the best to you Tracy. Hugs.

Sherry Ellis said...

This year seems to have gone so fast, and yes, it is difficult to see students move on. I have several graduating seniors going off to college. I will certainly miss them!

Nancy said...

Growing seems to always bring tears of both joy and sadness.....

Madi and Mom said...

Lovely post Tracy and the sail is such an excellent picture for this.

One thing I will say your new students are in for the treat of their short lives having you as teacher. Your kind smile and positive attitude will be such a blessing to them.

Hugs
C and Madi who sends nose taps to Hurricane and Angel Kitty

Jules said...

My bags are packed and I'm ready to go... wait that is a song. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Retired English Teacher said...

Yes, it is that time of year when a teacher is filled with so many emotions. You have expressed them beautifully here.

Kaylen said...

I am starting a new job soon too - it's scary, isn't it?!
Your journey will be so much more meaningful than mine though - teachers are gifts to the world. We need good people like you to make our future a better and brighter place!

Best of luck to you on the new journey. :)

Sarah (Nikki) said...

wow Tracy...endings are always new beginnings. I'm excited for you...for this new journey you're going on....You shine so bright. And I love that quote at the end of your post. Have a beautiful day out there......

Farida said...

With your kindheartedness, Ms Tracy, I'm sure you will excel in this new endeavor as well as touch many people's lives just like in the former age-group that you were teaching. Keep us posted and I am happy for your new journey! Take care :)

Esther Joy said...

First time visit for me - What a beautiful blog you have. Blessings on your journey!

Maggie said...

lovely quote
bittersweet, yes
but hopeful

Lynda R Young said...

Ending for the summer in May feels strange to me. Here in Australia I'm heading into winter. Hehehe.
I love that quote.

Patricia Stoltey said...

There is no greater joy than having our work also be something that makes us happy.

Marg said...

Glad you are friends with Madi's Mom. She is the greatest, the cat and the Mom. Sounds like you are going on a trip that you really want to do and that is so important. Nice to meet you. Have a great week end.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Congrats for the ending of a year...Now head for home. Like the pic too

Annmarie Pipa said...

bittersweet, isn't it?! congrats on a successful yr...and way good luck!!

Mr. Pip said...

Hi - I just stopped by from Madi's blog. Your site is lovely and we will definitely check out your new book!

Veronica said...

I hope we get to tag along from time to time!