Tuesday, June 21, 2011
First Day of
Today is the first day of Summer and that got me thinking about first days. We celebrate so many first days- first day of kindergarten, first day of school, first day of life, of marriage, etc.
When I was little I had a Holly Hobbie lunch box (not the cheep plastic ones of later generations, but a good ole' tin one with the images embossed and the matching thermos with the wire to hold it in place), and I put a little puffy, googly-eye sticker carefully in the corner of the lid. I don't remember when I put that sticker there, but I'm pretty sure it was early on in my ownership of the lunch box. It had a little chick, just hatched, and said, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life".
I really feel like I am at the first day of the rest of my life right now. Last week I finished my 5th and last year at this school. This week my husband finishes at his current job and will be unemployed (yikes!). At the end of July, we move to Maine. Next year I'll be teaching high school at a Christian school in Maine; not only will I be teaching English and History for the freshmen & sophomores, I will be head of the high school, working to rebuild it, and advising the rest of the school on things like curriculum and how to promote the school. I'm excited about this new chapter. I've got volumes of work ahead of me. There are still unknowns (like hubby's job, and insurance), and I will miss the family and friends we have here.
But here on this first day of Summer, I've got that "first day of" excitement and nervousness. That hope of possibility as I look ahead to what might be.