Auld Lang Syne

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This morning my mother-in-law wished me a “Happy New Year!” As a retired educator of thirty years, she knows that this field reorganizes all life around the rhythm of school timelines, experienced in 45-minute increments as the earth revolves from September to June to August to September again. January almost feels to me like a strange time for reflection and resolutions because it happens in medias res, if you will–exiting school frenzy mid-quarter for a fleeting whirlwind of holiday hubbub only to return to the fray without pause. Summer, on the other hand, is a time to stop, breathe, look around, reconnect, rejuvenate, reorder and prioritize, discard, cultivate, refresh; and in that way, it does feel more apropos to take stock of my position on the fault line between all that is past and all that lies ahead. I feel myself now in a space flush with opportunity to elbow out much of what confines me if I can approach it with passion and patience.

I am excited.

I am afraid.

I am courageous.

18 thoughts on “Auld Lang Syne

  1. The excitement of a new school year still creeps in a little, even though I haven’t had a first day of school since about 2004. But it’s still the first thing I think of when the air chills a bit and smells like fall. Of course this summer that was July, and now it’s boiling hot for September. Ah, climate change.

    Happy new year. I hope this year is full and beautiful.

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    • Yeah, so much for the air chilling: first day of school turned out to also be the hottest day of summer! Even though I’m soggy from a day of sweltering, I can still appreciate the feeling of having begun again.

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  2. Yes yes yes. The Jewish new year, which came a little bit after school began, always made more sense to me than the winter one. My life goes September to September, and I think it always will.

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    • Oh sure, I hadn’t even thought about how Rosh Hashanah coincides. Even the weather echoes the shifting, whereas I’m not sure December feels much different from February in the Northeast.

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  3. I think I’m still more in tune with US schools that start right after Labor Day than the Finnish schools, who have started already almost a month ago. School starting is definitely a start of many things.
    I hope you have a great year!

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        • Gotcha. I ask because, in education, we are constantly talking about Finland and Singapore, trying to crack their secret as a model for improving the American system.

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          • 🙂 Ask me in a few years when my boy heads there (6 years for kindergarten and 7 for 1st grade), maybe I know more then. I do know the length of days are shorter.

            I do know that some of the “news articles” going around the internet portray Finland a bit too…well and not all of the things they say are true. We have had school shootings (not many, but the one I can think of was enough) and we do have bullying. But the price of school (ALL FREE, even up to PhD!) and breakfast & lunch for lower levels of kids is awesome! The food really is good.

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  4. Happy new year indeed! We returned home from somewhere cool and dry to a pool of sweat and heat, still Fall is only around the corner.
    I was a teacher so I understand how a new semester could mean 🙂 Hope your students are lovely and May the Fall bring plenty of good surprise!

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  5. September is my time to reflect, as well. Even after teaching for ten years and transitioning to the healthcare field, I still find myself in the mental space and rhythms of the school year flow in some ways. Best of luck in the New Year!

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