However, I am feeling all of the above plus highly ecstatic because this has been a banner week for my writing. I was so blown away by my seniors' final projects that I pitched a story to the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog last week. It was accepted and I spent my weekend cranking out a bit of a love note of an essay to the 53 seniors I taught this year.
It was published early this week. On Wednesday, while my students were taking their final exams I was inspired to respond to a call for pieces having to do with parenting a child with asthma. I couldn't do anything grading-wise until the students were done testing--so why not write? The next day I learned that my piece had been picked up by Good Housekeeping. I joked with friends and family about the irony that my piece landed there as Mt. Laundry in my house grows taller by the hour and clutter is becoming an art form. Messes are especially unavoidable for my family this time of year. My husband's heroic efforts are in vain.
There was no time to tidy up this morning either. Post graduation, my colleagues and administration partook in our annual end-of-year celebration at a local eatery and there was alcohol. I woke up late and drove in a semi-fog and fury to pick up my colleague. She needed to be reunited with her car as she caught a safe ride home last night. After a quick staff breakfast, I had just enough time to get to my room and brew a strong cup of coffee before Mark Brodie of KJZZ, our local NPR affiliate, called to interview me regarding the senior projects that a wonderful teacher, Andrea Christ brought to my attention years ago-and which have been adapted and modified by me in a variety of ways.
And here is the feather in this wonderful cap of a week--my students, Mattie Whitt and her sister, Megan woke up and met me in my classroom at 9:28 am--the day after they graduated- to participate in the interview. It was a selfless, generous act and their willingness to be present was simply beautiful--as were they in spite of their exhaustion.