October 1st – I get off at Las Suertas Metro stop as I have done countless times before, but this time I am excited and apprehensive so I psych myself up by playing “Dangerous Paradise” by Coolio on my phone. A fitting song considering the area where I teach. I know I have not shared much about my school but partly it is because I’ve kept a journal of the shenanigans my kids say and do.
Truthfully speaking, my school is in a tough neighborhood. However, that is part of the reason I wanted to repeat the second year. Nothing has been as rewarding as walking through the corridors of the school and being greeted with the countless “hello’s”, hugs and kisses I receive daily from my children.
The realization has suddenly hit me that this is going to be my last year here at this school. So this year I am going to be in the moment.
“You’re worried how you’re going to feel at the end of your life? What about right now? LIVE. Right this moment. That’s where the joy is at.” – Abigail Thomas
Enjoy all my students’ out-of-this-world comments, faces and stories. So here is the way I am going to start my year.