It's difficult to adjust to a new normal. Back to school definitely means several changes, but those changes are nothing in comparison to something a coworker of mine is facing.
Her son, a young man, was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that is/has destroyed his kidneys. He's currently going through dialysis and learning what it will be like to live with a disease that cannot be cured. My heart breaks for them, but I find a significant amount of inspiration in her "can do" attitude.
In other news, I'm officially getting back into lesson planning mode. It's not pretty, ya'll. I took a complete break over the summer. As in, I did nothing.
Honestly, though, I think I needed to do nothing. I needed some time without obligations. Time to really rest. Time to heal. And it was good.
But now? I realize that I'd like to incorporate a lot of new things in my classroom, and I haven't really looked at how to make that possible. Mostly, I'm not super pleased with everything I do in my English II class. We don't just read stories and fill out worksheets, but I feel like there are too many days of mundane tasks like that. I'd like to get a little more interactive and make the students more responsible for their learning. I'll let you know how that goes. (*Note that I've been running around so panicked at work that I forgot my property taxes were due. And to return a call to a woman at my bank. And to get gas. Do you see a sad, sad pattern here? *SIGH*)
This weekend, I'll be heading up north with Favorite to visit an old friend of mine. I haven't seen her since she got married three years ago, and I'm excited. I'll post some pictures of our visit when I get back.
Oh, and grad school starts Tuesday. My prof emailed earlier this week, and I'm pretty much already panicking over one of the requirements. Here's to praying for a sense of organization!
(Oh, and feel free to pray for my friend, Morgan, to go into labor. She's way pregnant and I think ready to meet her son.)