4 MORE DAYS.
I have to tell you, the end of this school year can't come quickly enough. It's been really hard to do the simplest things, like getting out of bed on time. (The constant sleep battle and morning migraines do NOT help with this issue.) The kids have all basically checked out, and so have I. You could say it's kind of like senioritis, because I know I'm done and don't want to be there anymore.
See, the thing is, I really am done. This is my last year with the school.
I've worked there for several years, and as much as I've helped my kids grow, I've grown personally. I've gone through so many trials that tested my strength (physically and emotionally), capacity for love and for pain, and especially my patience.
I've dealt with my biggest pet peeves and faced my arch-nemesis--not the kid you're thinking of, either. (No, my nemesis would be the one who touches. freaking. everything. and thinks he's oh-so-funny. and smells like cigarettes. and urine.)
I developed a strict, angry voice, because I didn't have one before working with kids. I played and laughed as a zombie, criminal, dog, sports star, and superhero. I gave some of the most important advice I'll ever give. I've had more pictures of spiders thrown in my face, and drawings of myself with arms poking out of my head, than I'm sure I will have for the rest of my life. I've acted as a mom, a nurse, a babysitter, a cop, a buddy... and oh, yeah, a teacher.
Teaching is one of the hardest, and greatest, things in the world. I respect and admire those who go to school and deal with regulation and ever-changing curriculum and infinite tests and roomfuls of crazy children and angry or stupid adults. But it's not what I want to do for the rest of my life, and it's time for a change.
4 more days, and I can leave her and the way she hurt me behind. No more scars, no more crashing into sleep over stress.
4 more days, and I can treat writing as a career instead of a hobby.
I've been neglecting you guys, I know. That's going to change, starting today. Along with my good news about leaving work, here's some from our fellow bloggers:
--Kimberly Chase is releasing her book, The Apollo Academy, in August.
--Kelly Lynn's book, Fraction of Stone, is already out. I recently got my copy in the mail and I'm so excited to finally have time to read it! Plus she's got a surprise in store for us...
--Heather Holden's comic, Echo Effect, is in full swing and going strong.
--Cassie Mae also has a book coming out next month. Friday Night Alibi sounds like a fun romance.
--My husband Jaron took his game Villages to CONduit and sold out for the second year in a row! We're taking the game to KickStarter this fall, so I'll be sure to post some reminders when it gets close.
Anyway, thanks for your support, everyone. It's been kind of a rough month or so, and the nice comments, emails, and tweets have really helped. Now seriously. 4. more. days. *whoop*