Tomorrow is the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. I will make that 40 minute drive one more time, pack up my things, and leave my classroom, some of my best friends, and 17 little lives that I hope I've made a difference in.
The way I feel is nothing less than the epitome of bittersweet. I am happy, relieved, sad, and scared all at once. I am so sad to leave what I've grown to know the past 3 years. I am even more sad to leave the amazing friends I've made...Susan, Megan, Keri, and Adrienne. Without those girls, I couldn't have done it. I know this isn't goodbye, but I'm sad I won't pass them in the hall or 'live' beside them anymore. On the other hand, I am so excited to start the next chapter in my life. I pray for strength, courage, and guidance as I switch from teacher to student. I pray for the opportunity to learn the things that will lead me to a job that I love.
With this change, comes many goodbyes. I hate goodbyes. I hate saying bye to Clay when he leaves for work. I hate saying bye to my mama when I leave home. I hate saying goodbye to my sister and my niece when I know I won't see them for another 6 months. I hate saying goodbye to my girls after an amazing weekend together. Today, I got a little taste of 'goodbye' as I had to tell one of the sweetest little boys I've ever met goodbye. This same little boy is going into surgery tomorrow morning to have biopsies taken to confirm the doctor's diagnosis of Crohn's Disease. As I hugged his mother with tears streaming down both of our faces, trying to console her and tell her that everything will be alright, I looked at that sweet little face beginning to walk down the hall, and thought "THIS is why I became a teacher." At the same time, I also thought, "this is why I'm going to be a nurse." What I would give to be the nurse that gets to hold his hand and comfort him as he gets ready for his surgery. Students like this, and students like my sweet girls from last year are exactly why I did this for three years I did it for them. Not for the state department of education, not for the administration, not for anyone but them.
So, it is with a slightly heavy heart that I say goodbye to education and hello to the amazing opportunities that are to come.