Thanks to the Twittersphere, I stumbled upon a new blogger and read his introductory post regarding appointment to a new position. He spoke of the passing of time, that it felt like not long ago that he took up his last role – five years prior. Well, you can read more if you’d like, but it prompted me to stop, think and reply:
“Congratulations on your new appointment (I found you via Twitter). Your reflection on the passing of time gives me pause. I watched my first group of elementary-aged students graduate this spring; and I daily marvel at the changes in my eight month old son. Then I realize it’s a matter of time before my worlds collide personally and professionally. I’m reminded that we only have one chance at a kid’s “age 5” -at a student’s “junior year” – at a teacher’s “first class.” Cheers to you, and here’s to making the most of every moment.”
Folks, there are no dress rehearsals for life, broadly, and there are no do-overs for each day of a child’s school experience (don’t get me started on grade retention). What a sobering thought as my first class of fourth graduated this month, and as my son is a mere 4 months from his first birthday.
Carpe diem! Seems anticlimactic to sleep after this post, but it is nearly 1 am. I’ll do lots of seizing of the day in a few short hours. 🙂