This morning, when I walked downstairs to our quiet little classroom, I noticed a little handwritten note in the top right hand corner of the whiteboard: "Days Left: 13". I must've read it ten times before it finally hit me that our whole homeschool experience will be over in THIRTEEN DAYS. I honestly had to look back at my Teacher Planner and make sure I hadn't missed entire weeks or months...and, sure enough, we have been in school for THIRTY-SEVEN WEEKS. What!? How is that even possible?
I have been trying really hard to take pictures of most of the projects and activities the girls do throughout the day, so that I could put together a Homeschool Yearbook for them at the end of the year. I finally got all of the pictures uploaded a couple of days ago and there are 745 pictures in the album. 745 memories to treasure.
But, the real moments that I will treasure from this school year are the ones that I don't have photographs of...
Crumpled up scratch paper;
Sticky fingerprints on my keyboard;
Paint marks on the craft table;
Science experiment ingredients and supplies strung out all across the countertop;
Dirty breakfast and lunch dishes piled up in the kitchen sink;
Library books stacked on the dining room table;
Bookmarks sticking out of every book;
Pencil shavings and broken lead;
Tears of frustration;
The smell of Anna's Mr. Sketch markers lingering in the air;
Baby doll tire-swinging;
Hours spent listening to the girls talk while we drive to museums, parks, appointments and field trips;
Craft projects for every holiday;
Multiplication table drills;
Tears of joy;
Late start every day;
Lunch with their Daddy;
Middle of the day doctor's appointments;
And, end of the day silence.
I'm sure that next year, the silence during the middle of the day will be both intolerable and heavenly. And, I'll admit, I'm already having some serious anxiety about what I am going TO DO with all of my free time. #firstworldproblems But, I know that this is the right decision for all of us at this moment in time. Meanwhile, if you need me, I'll be over here teaching and soaking up all of the joy in these last 13 days.
If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. - Lao Tzu