June, the “almost there” Month: #SOL15

Seems like no matter where you’re standing in June, we are all transitioning to summer- July4th?  Is that the real start?

Now that Tuvia is happily back to work, I am able to enjoy this transition month, just before July kicks off our HVWP summer of PD for teachers and summer writing camps for kids on the SUNY New Paltz campus and outside spaces as well.

Transitioning was challenging for me when I was teaching full-time and still hard now, when it’s quieter.  Maybe life’s always a challenge, no matter what the day or the month and I’m just finding a way to describe June with all its particularities.

As I read posts about ending school, I’m remembering how hard it was for me to end the year.  I left my room clean-up for the very end because maybe I didn’t want it to end.  It was too final, as seniors raced to exit, thinking they would be happier anywhere else.  Sure, once I was all done with finals and grading and cleaning out and saying my goodbyes at our last day barbecue, sure bring on  summer but honestly, I didn’t dream about summer before it was summer.

Now… hmm… it’s different.  Ten years of different. July is wonderfully hectic!  Maybe I always loved hectic with just more control over when there would be downtime.  Here’s to hectic and control over leisure.



11 thoughts

  1. I think you got it when you said life is a challenge, every month does have its challenge. I love the way you can move through the months, taking each challenge in stride.

  2. I’m glad to see all those happy pictures, Bonnie, and hope you do have a little ‘down’ before ‘up’ in July. Yes, I think I like hectic too, but the one thing I’ve enjoyed recently is staying in for a while in the morning. Now I won’t be doing that the next few days – early to airport then All-Write, but that’s beautiful & hectic learning! I think you’re right about June, it is a transition to summer, but perhaps only for adults.?

  3. I too leave clean up for the end….perhaps because I do not want it to end either.! Perhaps I too love hectic and busy and learning. Perhaps we should think of June as the LAUNCHING month…!

  4. Hectic is good, isn’t it? I remember when I was younger and our kids were little thinking that life would slow down after the kids grew up. Hah! It seems like it’s still as busy. I always enjoy looking at your pictures and am glad to see Tuvia doing so well. 🙂

  5. Retired and on my own timetable for some time, I hadn’t thought about the timing. Turns out though I am in the throes of a transition too — from leisurely to hectic (temporary, I hope). It’s called moving. Transitions calls for sorting — life pieces or slices

  6. The contrast between school busy and summer slow shouldn’t be too big. It might give a shock. In Estonia we wait for the MIdsummer Night – then it is officially summer. For me personally it is summer when the sea water warms up.

  7. “Maybe life’s always a challenge.” Just finishing my first year of retirement, and discovering that slow was rarely a way to describe my days. I remember the sheer exhaustion that came with June and the end of a school year. Definitely not missing that. Enjoy the hectic. I’m at All Write and missing you!

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