It was one of those "off" weeks for me (and apparently, for several folks in my circle). Nothing catastrophic, just minor hitches and glitches and an overall feeling of being out of sync, unprepared, not at the top of my "game".
And then Friday happened. I started the day before dawn by dropping my teenboy off at his pre-Disneyland marching band practice. It was nice to get to work a few minutes early, to breathe and check emails and practice walking in size 7 men's scuba diving flippers.
Yep, I walked onstage at our bimonthly Friday school assembly in ginormous flippers and a mask (with the help of our music teacher, so I wouldn't break my neck on the steps and microphone cords). Of course, this was a hit with the kids, especially since I announced the opening of our "Under the Sea" book fair next Friday--book fairs are a HUGE deal at our school. I also announced our campus Battle of the Bluebonnets team so they could stand up and be recognized.
Then I got recognized as one of our Spotlight Teachers of the week. And our Library/ Instruction Tech team was announced as the Sunshine Committee's Team of the Week.
I went and checked my mail cubby, and there were three letters from kindergarteners telling me how much they liked the library and books.
After assembly, we had a 2nd Cup of Coffee with the Principal event in the library, featuring math and reading strategies for parents from the Math and Literacy teams. We had a great turnout, and I helped to present ideas on finding good-fit books for kids and reinforcing reading for fun. I had several parents approach me after the meeting with comments and questions about finding books.
It was one parent in particular who made my day. She broke into tears as she explained that one of my Bluebonnet Battle kiddos, her child, had a rough beginning of the year. The Bluebonnet program, our library environment, and the recognition at assembly that morning had made a positive difference in his attitude toward school, and she wanted to thank me for that.
What an awesome ending to this discombobulated week. Have I mentioned how lucky I am to be a librarian?
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