This Deep Breath

Courtesy of the Columbus High School web page

Another summer, gone in the blink of an eye. Another September, whose arrival signals the beginning of the next school year.

The red rocks of Sedona have become the fleeting images of memory and the still photos in the cloud. The hoodoos of Bryce, the overarching granite of Zion and Yosemite, the ever-present San Franscisco Fog, whom the locals call “Carl”: all treasured, summer memories.

Early rain prevented me from mowing the lawn. A perfect opportunity to enjoy some of Star Trek: Discovery, courtesy of a DVD loan from my library. All in the spirit of Labor Day–the last day of summer vacation.

We teachers are a part of the labor movement in the US. NYC teachers formed the United Federation of Teachers, and we struck in the 1960s for a livable wage. We still advocate for the conditions that serve both our teaching and our student’s learning, such as the research-proven smaller class sizes that enhance student learning.

But we teachers have our own way to honor this holiday. We contemplate. We prepare. We gather our energy for the coming year–beginning with the deluge that is the day after.

late sunlight

grasshopper chirping

this Labor Day

I’m hosting dVerse Poets’ Haibun Monday, where we celebrate Labor. The pub is open. Come join us!

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21 replies »

  1. My wife and I have been teachers, and always felt that we were the most educated under paid vocation out there. Kudos on catching up on SDT: Discovery. I have a complete STAR TREK collection, all the series, movies, animation and specials.

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  2. I have no experience of the US education system, but teachers the world over are united in advocating for conditions that serve both teaching and learning. Sadly, class numbers in the UK are rising again with academies and the widespread turning of schools into businesses. I will soon be back at two schools in my role as a volunteer, appreciating the contemplation, preparation and energy of my colleagues.

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