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I Am a Teacher

It is official.

I am a teacher.

I have been waiting 20 years to utter these words.

Today, I sort-of jumped out of bed at the oh-so-early hour of 5:30.

I only hit the snooze button three times instead of my usual six.

It’s funny how having a purpose does that to you.

Oh, I know that, as a child of God, I have a purpose, but it was invigorating to know that when I got up, the thing I had dreamed about for so very long had finally come to fruition.

It seemed fitting to have Chicky take my First Day of School picture.  After all, I’ve been taking pictures of the kids on their first day of school each year since they started kindergarten.

When I got to school, Jane, another first-year teacher, looked at me with the same expression that I had seen reflected in the mirror only minutes earlier.

True to form, I had my camera and insisted we take pictures.  It was a moment that we would never have again, and it needed to be captured for eternity (or until we accidentally delete them).

So, just like the teenagers we have chosen to surround ourselves with, we acted like a couple of girls and took pictures…ones of us by ourselves, some of us together.  We used both of our classrooms as our backdrops.

It was probably the most excited I’ve ever been on the first day of a new job.

But see, there’s the thing.

To me, this is not a job.

This is a passion, long-delayed and much sought-after.

As the bell rang, I stood at the door, waiting for my first students to arrive.

I remembered my posture, stood up straight, and beamed a smile that could have been seen from outer space.

I am a teacher.

Sweet music to my ears.

6 Responses

  1. I AM SOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! I believe that teaching is THE noblest profession, and I know you see it as your life’s calling. Your children will be so blessed because of your perspective. They are all so lucky to have you, and so are your future students. You may or may not know I earned a teaching degree many years ago but decided not to teach and stay home with my kids, and then it just never happened. But inside, I feel like a teacher. I empathize with teachers, respect them, admire them and envy them. So I’m rejoicing vicariously today, too! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Get out there and change our world in your own special way!

  2. I love nothing more than to see someone fulfill their dreams… and you have done just that!!! WAY TO GO! Go get’em… and while your teaching them about English… show them how Jesus shines right through you!!! Hoping you have a very awesome first year!

  3. That is so very exciting! Glad you had a good day.
    I love that you said you didn’t think of it as a job…that’s exactly the way I feel, even though I count down the days ’til vacation!

  4. its just all so exciting… I get giddy FOR YOU thinking about it all…

    so glad you pulled out the camera! Only fair! 🙂

  5. So happy for you!! I am glad you feel that way about teaching! I wish i had when I was teaching!

    Happy teacher days!

  6. Congrats. I am a teacher on her way out. I have been teaching longer than you are old. I hope you love this job as much as I have. I can’t imagine doing anything else….Good luck on your first year.

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