I feel almost guilty admitting to you that I now have 16 days off from work! Of course, I'm not paid for them, only for the 180 days I'm at school, but still...SORRY! It was difficult to get through the day with 150 teenagers, but I did manage to take every class caroling. Some were more gracious than others! It's important to me to get past my own poignant memories of December and the holiday season, so I sort of overdo the cultural festivities. :) I don't think most or any students know how sad I am sometimes. If you've read my blog for long, you've probably picked up on my dedication to my non-biological "kids." (in fact, I bought "Koffi" his favorite cheese and a baguette for French Club yesterday, just to try to brighten his week!) And today after school, I had a special surprise from this wonderful group of people, former students and now just "Margaret's Kids"; I am so very very proud of them, one at Penn, another at UCLA, a WSU Cougar studying architecture and a UW Husky.
But I'm going to have to regift or share these teacher presents or I will NOT fit into any of my clothes after the vacation! I'm signing off to skype with Alison, since I'm picking up Ashley tomorrow night at the airport. Relationships with people are complex, fraught with frustration, worry, love and angst, yet I wouldn't have it any other way.