Is summer the time for me to recharge and get ready for what is to come my way in August or is it the time for me to allow the summer slide to have its way with me? I can almost hear your thoughts as you might want to agree with me, but maybe afraid that big brother is watching! Fellow bloggers and faithful followers, it is OK, it really is. The Summer Slide is something that we also face and we probably didn't even know it. This is the first time I have put a name to the feeling of not wanting to look at anything teachery during my time away from work (the work that I love so very much).
I say, let the slide in, for a few days or a few weeks, use as much time as you need to be a mom, a wife, a person who is not a teacher. You will know how much time you need and you will feel the little twinge of back to school butterflies when you are ready for it, which is not the same for everyone. Sliding doesn't mean that you forget what you learned or what you want to share, it means starting at the top and realizing that when you hit the bottom, you have to climb back to the top in order to start over. So, I will be starting over a few times this summer and when I finally no longer feel like sliding to the bottom, but standing at the top of the slide and not letting anyone pass me by, that is when I will know that I am ready to share, to read, to blog, and to experience what is out there for me, the teacher.
Are you sliding this summer? You are not alone and you should not feel guilty about it, just slide. In the end, you have to climb back to the top and I will be there to meet you, hold your hand and slide together!