Sunday, May 17, 2009


Monday will begin the last week that I can call myself a teacher.

Monday will start the last week that I am responsible for the music education of 70 3 year olds, 70 4 year olds, and 66 5 year olds. Give or take a few.

Monday will begin the last week that I will have to be out of my house by 8:00, in order to reach school on time.

Monday will begin the last week that I will stand in the front door of our school to greet the children as they enter.

Monday will begin the last week that I make my 'rounds' to all the rooms to speak to everyone before starting my day.

Monday will begin the last week that I search the CD collection for fun songs to get us all moving and laughing, and singing...and jumping, and hopping, and skipping.

Monday will begin the last week that I have a little one risk the wrath of their teacher to break out of line just to give me a hug.

Monday will begin the last week that I will walk the children over to the church sanctuary for program practice.

Monday will begin the last week that I drill into the children the reason we do not wave from the stage...proper stage presence, you know.

Monday will begin the last week that I will dole out 'special treats' to those who obeyed and tried their best to 'do the right thing'.

Monday will begin the last week that I attempt to straighten up my room before I leave, so that everyone will not think I am a slob...I will fail, as usual.

Monday will begin the last week that I will stand with a group of children, in the carpool line waiting for their parents to pick them up.

Monday will begin the last week that I walk out the front door, yelling behind me "See you tomorrow, Bonnie."

Monday will begin a very hard week. And, come Friday...a wonderful chapter of my life will end. And, on that.....

Monday that begins the last week in August, when teachers are bustling about, preparing for another year, waiting for classes to start up again...they will start without me.

But, every ending is a chance for a new beginning...a chance to do new things...a chance to do old things there has not been time for...a chance to write a new chapter in this blessed life of mine.

And, so I a little while...after the tears have dried.


YaYa's Funhouse said...

awhhh, you make me want to will be ok. Have a great time and relax and think about the next chapter. Have a great Sunday.

Keetha said...

You may no longer go to SCHOOL to teach, but you will ALWAYS be a teacher.

Strange - - - I'm not SURE yet, but am leaning toward making the same decision myself - - - only I still have a week and three days.

racheld said...

You've written WAY more than a chapter, Hon. You've inscribed whole books and volumes and scrolls and boxed sets and compendia, and all those little pages are going out into the world with lovely stories and poems and music inscribed permanently upon them.

You can be justly proud of that living, impressionable, well-imprinted library you've established, all by yourself.

Ang baylis said...

Oh, what I would give to take you out to celebrate your retirement!! This post brought tears me to tears. You are one of those teachers whose students will talk about when they are my age! You better believe I'll be praying for you first thing when I wake up tomorrow, Monday. I'll pray you cherish this week and you'll feel His peace as you enjoy each and every "last"! I can't wait to see what God does in your life in the next phase of your life! Many hugs sent to you tonight!
Love you,
Angie xoxoxoxoxoxo

Ang baylis said...

oops... Your post brought me to tears! :)

Musicaljean said...

A new beginning - it will be awesome, Tonja. I just know it.

nancygrayce said...

What a wonderful post! Many children will remember you through the years. When they see you in the grocery store or the shoe store, :), they will stop and say hello.

Relax and have a fun time this summer! I have a feeling you'll be called to volunteer!

Love Being a Nonny said...

What a bittersweet week. I have a feeling you will visit often, maybe even substitute.....and the school, the teachers and the students will never be far from your heart. Enjoy your new deserve it!

andi said...

And yes, Monday is over and tomorrow is Tuesday. A new day Friend! You know what I am saying. I am pumped about door prizes! The beachy stuff looks great!

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LivingTheLife said...

Enjoy and embrace your week of "last"...b/c I believe you will flourish in whatever you do next. AND you will ALWAYS be a teach me something every time I read your blog...I do so enjoy your humor, your positive outlook and your love for our Lord. I read somewhere one time...that a good teacher teaches...a GREAT teacher...INSPIRES...I know you've been an inspiration to many.

I'll be thinking and praying for you this week!