Please, Let It Be Over (A Teacher’s Cry For Help in May)

It can’t be just Tuesday, and I am this tired.  I have given it all I have, and testing has finally arrived.  I gave up sleeping several weeks ago, and food, healthy food? You can’t be serious.  When people speak of things like getting up and heading to the gym, or having lunch with friends, well, bad thoughts come to mind.  I teach in the Bourbon capital of the world.  I will let you think about that for a moment.  You know what I am thinking.

It’s May my friends.  I love the sound of that so much that it almost brings a tear to my eye.  I hear from so many of you that share these emotions, and I can almost hear a collective sigh from you.

As I was driving to my school early one morning, I was just on the brink of the edge.  I pray on the way to school.  And pray.  And pray some more.  I am praying for you, my teacher warrior friends.  Light in that darkness…we got this.

A song came on the radio that changed everything.  My belly aching changed to praise with my hand raised as I drove with the other.

None of this matters, friend.  What does matter is those precious ones that God gave us for a short period of life.  We have built relationships that have made a difference.  My first year teacher daughter has gone to Target and gotten teary eyed as she started buying end of the year presents.  As a high school teacher, I can’t say the same, but I can say that I have been so blessed with students that I will never forget.  Never.

Let us focus there, not on tests.  The tests do not matter.  Several years ago, I had to teach foreign phrases in a rural county to a bunch of (amazing) farm boys.  I doubt now that any of them remember what “esprit de corps” means.  What we have all learned together in this classroom about life does.

So here’s the song that God gave me to get my focus right.  It is one I have posted before and I now claim it as my anthem for this year.

Good, Good Father

It now brings tears to my eyes.

P.S.- I have not given in to the fact that I teach in the bourbon capital of the world…not yet.

Light in darkness.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Kathy McBroom



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