Stamina and Heart: A Slice of Life Story

29 Sep


I was at the beach this weekend with my friends and laughed hard as we swapped stories from our classrooms.

I acted out how I talk to the kids about my heart books and getting to the heart of their stories by gently hitting my chest with fist, in that “mea culpa” motion. I even did that at Back to School Night and the parents nodded as if they understood.  One of my beach friends asked me if I ever got bruised. Not yet, but I am monitoring it these days, now that it is on my radar.

In class we are working on building our writing stamina. I have really great kids who work hard, but a few still haven’t figured out that writing time means we write the WHOLE time, not just for a bit, then pick up a book. They are writing longer and better after a few weeks of writer’s workshop.

Apparently, I need to work on my stamina, too.

Back to School Night was Thursday evening and it went well. I had to get up Friday morning, drop the dogs at Sniff Dog Hotel, then drive to the beach for the retreat. I got up just fine, because I am a morning person, but I just couldn’t get it together. Somehow, morning person me ended up arriving an hour late to the 9 a.m. meeting. I felt as though I had a hangover…did I get dehydrated because I sweat so much at Back to School Night? I felt better after lunch, where I drank a lot of water and did better at the afternoon portion of our meeting.

When evening rolled around, some former colleagues arrived and we had dinner together and spent a little time on the beach where the bonfire we’d hoped for had been canceled due to a fire ban. I had a lovely room with a balcony & fireplace overlooking the beach so I invited people back.

Photo on 9-25-15 at 3.22 PM #2

I was alright at first, conversing with my friends. But then it caught up to me. Instead of sitting on my bed, I found myself laying down. My eyes were closed but I was trying hard to follow the conversation. Eventually I heard someone say “We should go. Adrienne is tired.”.

I guess I need to work on my stamina, too.

4 Responses to “Stamina and Heart: A Slice of Life Story”

  1. elsie September 29, 2015 at 6:35 am #

    Stamina comes in all areas of life. Your life has been so busy with back to school, you were finally able to relax.

  2. barbarasut September 29, 2015 at 6:45 am #

    What! You mean you discovered that you are only human? Teachers expect so much of themselves…daily. The start of a school year is exhausting, and parents’ night…a complete drain. So glad you could finally relax with friends who understood!

  3. arjeha September 29, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    It is hard to be on the go constantly. Our bodies tell us when it it time to slow down. Sounds like yours did just that. I am sure your were totally refreshed the next morning.

  4. Tara Smith September 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    It takes a while to get that teaching stamina back. I’m struggling to get anything done after work these days. SO tired!

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