Thoughts On The New School Year: A Photo Diary

This month marks the beginning of my eighth school year as a teacher. Because I went from high school to college to teaching, I’ve spent twenty-six of my thirty years on a school schedule. So, to me, August has always meant one thing: SCHOOL. And after ten-ish weeks of NOT school, the change can be a bit…jarring.

Each year, sometime in late July, I begin dealing with the imminent approach of the new school year. It is a lengthy process involving many emotions, some of which are prettier than others. There is laughing. There are tears. There are many separate school-related purchases which could have been lumped together had I simply made a list.

This year, I felt the urge to document the emotional process that is the month of August. So here you have it: the Back To School photo diary of Anne Riley.

You’re welcome.

The whole thing starts with stunned disbelief that there are only X days left till teacher prep week begins. The stunned disbelief leads almost immediately to weeping.

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NO THIS IS NOT HAPPENING I WILL NOT GO YOU CAN’T MAKE ME

Then, in a startlingly quick span of time, the weeping turns to anger. Tears are replaced with rage-induced drool.

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IF I HAVE TO GO, I WILL DEVOUR THEM. I WILL DEVOUR THEM LIKE A ZOMBIE DEVOURS BRAAAAIIINNNSSSSSS

At this point, someone–usually my husband–suggests that perhaps, MAYBE, I am overreacting.

Which causes me to fall into a deep pity party.

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Fine. Say I’m overreacting. I’m SURE that’s it. Because all of this is COMPLETELY REASONABLE. *pouts*

This phase can go on for days.

Eventually, though, I start to notice the school supplies at Target. And I remember that the beginning of a school year means the opportunity to implement a whole new ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEM.

And I start to see the light.

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I mean, maybe I won’t COMPLETELY devour them. I could devour them just a little bit.

By the time I get my “welcome back to school” email, I’ve recovered from the pity party and have taken to staring at my work clothes for long periods of time.

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Oh, I FORGOT about that dress! And that sweater! And my JEWELRY! …How long have I been wearing these yoga pants?

And then I remember CHICKEN FINGER DAY IN THE CAFETERIA.

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AND CURLY FRIES!!!

I go back to Target to purchase ALL THE SUPPLIES, and that’s when things start to go a bit wrong…

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BLLLAAAAARRRGGHHHH!!!

…and for just a moment, I forget who I am and try to do something slightly odd, like eat some index cards, and I scare myself a little.

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What…did anyone see…?

 So then I have to read through some verb conjugations…

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Hmm. Yes. Oh, indeed. INDEED. Mmmmmm. *thinks*

…and after a few hundred rounds of conjugating relajarse in the future subjunctive, I’m back to myself, ready to get organized, and eager to begin the year.

But not TOO eager, of course. I wouldn’t want to scare anyone.

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10 thoughts on “Thoughts On The New School Year: A Photo Diary

  1. Mary Kat's Mom says:

    This was so much fun to read!!! You could be like me and just stay at school all the time! Nah, enjoy your time off with your beautiful daughters and look forward to your first break!

  2. Ansley says:

    I loved all of this….especially about the SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!! I have to admit that I’ve purchased SOME (only some, mind you) school supplies on years when I haven’t been in school (shhh…don’t tell).

    BUT…the highlight of my day (new teacher orientation/jazzercise (actually I made up the jazzercise part (but wouldn’t that have been funny?))) was visiting the DUNGEON. What is the dungeon, you ask? Well, the dungeon is a BASEMENT ROOM FULL OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR FREE!!!!! Piles of alligator clips, stacks of dry erase markers (IN MULTIPLE COLORS YAY), index cards, markers, A LAMINATOR, etc….I was in heaven!

    So….I’m ready to take a couple boxes in there and collect my stash. Happy Hump Day to me!

    • Anne Riley says:

      Oh my gosh!! A whole basement of supplies!! We only have a cabinet, but don’t you worry, I’ve already been in it. 😀

  3. Janet says:

    Your blog made MY day. 🙂 Love the facial expressions and comments. And love school supplies. Still pick up a few to have at home. 🙂

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