Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Have Done, Need To, Want To Do

I am doing what teachers everywhere (I think) do at the mid point of the summer.  I'm thinking about what I have done, what I need to do, and what I really want to do!  The horrific events of this week and the pervasive sadness I've felt for months have contributed to a more reflective me.  In fact, this list poem crept into my head as I tried to write about cleaning my car!  I see a message here, clear as a sunny day. 

Have Done
 Cleaned pantry
Cleaned car
Read Pathway to Common Core
Read Babymouse for President
Need To
Set up classroom
Clean office
  Write syllabi   
Chose new text for course
Want To
Walk on the beach at sunrise
Laugh with my children
Have a family gathering to celebrate life
Give my mother a reason to smile
Pray in great cathedrals
Make memories


Juliann in WA said...

Yes, a want to list, high priority! Thanks for the reminder

elsie said...

Now make the want to list a part of the have to list. :-)

Linda at teacherdance said...

Oh Anita, I'm going to make my own lists. I loved reading yours. As the school year edges closer, I find my brain is piling up the list of things I want to do before I jump back into the fray. Thanks for setting some priorities!

writekimwrite said...

The construction of lists in your poem made me reflect on my own priorities. My want to do list, like yours, shows what is really essential. Yet what I choose to complete in some ways shows what I value. This has me thinking Anita!

Lynn said...

I hope you concentrate on your WANT list because at the end of the day that's what is really important! Good luck.

wakeupandwrite said...

Your post has me realizing I really do have a beefy "have done" list, and there is still time to concentrate on my "want to" and it's okay if my "need to" stays small for the moment.

Michelle said...

I love the addition of the "want to" list! That is just perfect. I need to work on that - enjoy completing that list!

Lola Writes said...

At least I know that I'm not alone.

Beverley Baird said...

Those a re such precious things that you want to do - and the most important of your list! Hope you are able to do them all|!

Anonymous said...

A Want To Do List? Brilliant! Is it sad to think that I want a system to keep me on track with my 'want to do's? I worry that my 'to do's get way too much priority.

Carol said...

Love your lists. Keep working on the "want to's," because they are the important stuff. The others can wait!

Ramona said...

Someone wrote about a bucket list for summer which inspired me to spend time on my want to do list as well as the need to list. Now I'm off to check out my file of fun stuff to do so I can squeeze in a few more before summer's end.

maria.selke said...

I think the "want" list is the most important...

Anonymous said...

My summer ends next Friday. I have tried to get in those want-to things this year. But there's never enough summer for me to get them all n! I love the way you reflected on all these things. I agree with the others. Work on those want to's as they are the things that really matter