Day 186 (of 187) “do you have a minute?” No…but yes…
The final week of school is always hectic. Year end assembly planning. Video editing. Report card reading/efolio reviewing. Planning how to say goodbye to students moving on to “what’s next”. Students not looking forward to summer – and sometimes it’s easier to leave angry rather than sad…. adults also moving on and some also having summers of uncertainty.
There are not enough hours. So I appreciate it when people tease me by asking “when you have a free minute….” because we both know that unless I have a 911 type issue I’m working on (which does happen from time to time) we either need to take advantage of the “moment that is” rather than try to hope the stars align and both of us find another connection time. Also, I like the belief of establishing a “culture of yes” and of course (barring a big deal) I will say “yes I have a minute” even though we both know there are not enough minutes….and if I am needed….I am available (or at least I will try my best).
Early mornings and late nights. And unexpected moments. There is a powerful energy at this time of year – it is easy to get overwhelmed. Because as much as we are counting down the days that remain, others are also counting down the hours…but for different reasons. Its a little trite, but instead of counting down the minutes and being “too busy”, I’ll be mindful to make every minute count and be available when and as needed.
Happy final week!
p.s. and the next day, when a primary student comes to the office to read a story they wrote…even if there are three phone calls to return….they get to the front of the line!