When I left the cabin last night to drive home, the lake was calling me back. The calm, fresh, crisp Northern Minnesota air was hard to leave behind. I had to take this parting shot to remind me what really matters most. The cycle turns and turns and now my children are creating their own memories by exploring the same forest I did when I was their age, taking time to respect nature and look at it from their artful eyes that they have learned from me, just as I had learned from my dad who is a retired art teacher. It is so fun to watch and listen to them.
So, tomorrow is just the beginning of another school year...with my husband also being a teacher, our house if filled with mixed emotions: excitement, nervousness, sadness, quiet moments on the couch, and of course, comfort. Even though it will be a new school year for all of us, we know what to expect. We will see our friends again, meet new ones, chat with teachers and eventually settle back into our routines.
For those of you who have already started this new school year, I hope all is going smooth and you are having fun! For those of you who are beginning this new school year tomorrow, remember to smile and make the kids laugh! That is what they will remember. Enjoy.
Enjoy an elementary art teacher's journey through a winding, colorful river full of whimsical, fun, educational and awe-inspiring projects...some my own, some I have found, some I have altered... feel free to use them in your classroom!
- ...elementary art teacher, critter catcher, nature lover, not your stereotypical artist, fun mom to two awesome boys, flower gardener, creative decorator, wife to an awesome high school teacher and basketball coach, dreamer, sun follower...