No-work-vember

14 Nov

We have a five-day week this week. Our last one was the week of October 9th!

It is mostly teachers buzzing with the terror/outrage/amazement of this fact. We are half horrified, half thrilled to teach this much. We are torn between railing all the individual days off and looking forward to Thanksgiving Break. I’ve had several conversations with different people about the merits of year-round schooling. Most people love the idea of more frequent, longer breaks.

It is dark on the way to and from work. And it doesn’t help that the weather has turned cold, wet, and windy. We all just want to get cozy at home. I spent last weekend drinking tea and finishing the hat I am knitting for my mother for Christmas.

November feels anticipatory. Thanksgiving is coming. Winter Break is coming. We are waiting, waiting, waiting.

I tried writing a serious poem about this, but ended up with a limerick!

There once was a school, in November,

Whose teachers just could not remember

How to teach for a week,

They were long past their peak

And were ready for Break in December.

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7 Responses to “No-work-vember”

  1. Karen Filewych November 14, 2017 at 6:52 am #

    Love the limerick: what fun!

  2. 💜 the purple lady (@th_purpl_lady) November 14, 2017 at 8:16 am #

    What a great reflection! Makes me think about what I like and don’t like about my school’s yearly calendar. And love the ending!

  3. arjeha November 14, 2017 at 8:32 am #

    Love your poem. I remember how hard it was to teach in the weeks between Thanksgiving break and Christmas vacation. It as hard for students and teachers alike to concentrate on the work at hand.

  4. Stacey Shubitz November 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    I adore your poem! It reminds me of how my daughter’s life was around the time of the Jewish holidays. She had a LOT of days off in the span of four weeks!

  5. sallydonnelly11 November 14, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

    Teachers like routine so these holidays do feel weird. Love how you got your limerick to work so well!!

  6. mrspalmerponders November 14, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

    What a clever limerick that completely hit all of the notes you were singing about the month of November! Such truth and clarity in your slice. Enjoy the full week!

  7. Brian Rozinsky November 15, 2017 at 4:54 am #

    I like how you went where the tone took you, Adrienne. There’s so much in this slice with which I identify. All the best as you clear Wednesday’s hump and roll to the end of this full week.

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