This month, I am noticing and reflecting,
Writing daily as part of the Two Writing Teachers' Challenge
Spring Break Reflections: Through the Years
Spring Break circa 1961 Windows were open and the sounds of neighborhood kids waffled into to the bedroom where I was holed up with itchy, scratchy, chicken pox.
Spring Break circa 1970 Protests and passionate discussions along with gunfire in Ohio closed college campuses as I yearned to be on a college campus.
Spring Break circa 1985 Spring Break was cancelled due to the debacle of cleaning up asbestos during the Winter Break!
Spring Break circa 1990 My children were back at school, so I cleaned, raked, and (shh,...relaxed) as they had been off the earlier. I was exhausted, though, after trying to manage their different break!
Spring Break circa 1999 "Baseball every single day of this vacation?" I asked in disbelief of the schedule in front of me.
Spring Break circa 2006 We hiked for hours through the still soggy woods in incredible spring sunshine that filled our hearts and souls with hope and light in spite of sadness. At the top of the mountain, we saw sat in awe of nature.
Spring Break circa 2010 Spring break was cancelled because of too many snow days. Those who were lucky enough to have nonrefundable tickets went away, the rest of us were stuck in school.
Spring Break circa 2012 We made cupcakes and had tea parties with tiny china tea cups. Then we did arts and crafts til' we crashed, the girls and I both! We never left the house.
Spring Break circa 2020 We never left home as the fear of the rapidly spreading virus consumed our thoughts and movements.
Spring Break circa 2021 Older and wiser, I reflect that this is not a big get away week for me and I realize it is really only students and teachers who get a Spring Break. Thus, I feel a bit guilty complaining that totally online classes do not take a break! Sigh, but shhh..I am....