This might be a little personal but it’s real life.
As many of you know, I had a birthday last week. It happens every year around this time.
From my perspective as a student/teacher in school, it had its pluses and minuses.
My birthday never happened during the school year. I’m not the type of guy that likes to have a great deal of attention so I never had to worry about those dreaded classroom birthday parties. You know, the ones where everyone brings a gift and pretends to be your best friend for a day. Thankfully, you grow out of it when you get to secondary school.
The mathematician in me, later in life, was astounded by the number of people that I worked with who also had birthdays on August 14. Do Leos tend towards being teachers?
Unless you have an August birthday, this might be a little strange. As a kid, birthdays are kind of a big deal. I can remember waiting in anticipation all summer for my birthday. Then, it happens, and I realized in the aftermath that there were only two weeks left until school started. The sun had already started to set early and it got cooler at night. The public pool dropped in temperature and we knew that it would close on Labour Day.
In terms of parties, it was a challenge to get all my friends there. After all, it was in the summer and many of them had gone on holidays and to cottages. So, unlike those who had their big birthday parties during the school year with complete attendance, I might have had a handful at best.
The impending two weeks got even shorter as a teacher and then teacher consultant as we always seemed to have professional learning sessions that preceded the school year for a week, sometimes two making return to work something to be done.
AND THE WORST PART? There are no cool gifts available at that time but there was lots of “back to school” stuff.
So, such is the sad story of my life.
How about your birthday or summer thoughts?
- Think about your own birthday – is it perfectly timed? Can you identify pluses and minues for it?
- Do we overdo birthdays in school?
- Do you do something for those students in the class with summer birthdays or is it just a case of “sucks to be you”. (Thanks Lisa Cranston for teaching me that)
- As a teacher, do you have a sense of walls closing around you as you realize that the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year approaches?
- Do you get more sensitive to allergic reactions as the plants start to die off in late August, giving up their allergens?
- Does summer always seem to run out before your planned list of things to do in the summer does?
- Despite all my woes, birthdays always featured a cake from Bartliff’s. I know it’s a Clinton thing, but it’s a big deal there. Do you have a favourite place to get birthday cakes?
- What’s your favourite type of cake? For my birthday, it was the only time of the year we had vanilla. The rest of my family liked chocolate.
I’d be interested in reading your summer/birthday thoughts. Please leave them in the comments below.
This year, my wonderful wife gave me an awesome gift. My daughter had taken a great picture of Jaimie and she had it painted by a local artist. It’s now proudly on the wall in the rec room.
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