After Summer Vacation

This was written for my Close to Home column in The Prospect-News, the local weekly paper in Doniphan, MO.

Top 10 Reasons I Loved Going Back to School
(from my 10 year-old self)

10. Mother needed a break.
9. Younger siblings getting exasperating.
8. No more interesting books at the library.
7. Curious to see who had changed most.
6. Curious to see who had changed least.
5. Curious about new teachers.
4. Eager to share summer adventures.
3. New books on teachers’ shelves.
2. Missed my friends.
1. I had new shoes and underwear.

Interesting to realize there was little variation in the list from age 10 to retirement. Slight substitutions in #’s 10 and 9 and the list fit each year. The exodus from the classroom at start of summer and return to it in the fall were the most predictable factors of my existence for practically my whole life!

I preach the merits of change, but one must acknowledge the value of routine, too.

I have new shoes and underwear.


About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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