Although you have long outgrown the back-to-school supplies of Elmer's glue and as-yet-unopened boxes of Crayola crayons in favor of a new grade book and freshly sharpened pencils all in a row--the better to draft your lesson plans with--there is still a part of you that will always feel a little thrill up and down your spine at the thought of the first day of school. The perfectly planned outfit. The thoughtfully prepared lunch. The well-organized teacher's bag standing by the door, ready to be whisked away to your office. The goals to learn and teach and embrace this new school year with a vigor you certainly didn't feel by the end of last spring semester but that you are aware of now down to your very toes.
You wake before your alarm that first day. The birds aren't even quite up yet. You take advantage of that extra time to work on your self-care routine that you promise yourself you won't give up when the semester gets further underway and the papers begin to pile up. You relish your early morning yoga and the quiet excitement as the sun slowly rises. Then there is your coffee, your perfect cup of liquid energy--as if you needed it--enjoyed briefly on the patio before you turn to the task of readying yourself for school.
You don a dress with a smattering of polka dots, that celebratory print which always makes you feel special. You lace up your oxfords and slowly, one finger at a time, slide on your rings of amber and onyx, thinking about how you will greet your new classes and see old friends. You apply your makeup and, with that last swipe of mascara, feel ready to greet the new school year.
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