Sunday Morning Gratitude: Teacher Edition

I woke up this morning to see this.And this:

This was after a late night of cleaning up from a faculty gathering that we hosted until close to midnight. It was a lovely party, but we were wiped out after working to make sure that the house, yard, and decks were in tip-top Gainey shape, and sweet Dan grilling and making different cocktails for everyone (and me running up and down the steps to the kitchen a kajillion times to get what Dan needed to serve everyone…I logged 20,000 steps!). I’m one lucky gal, having a career that I love, colleagues that I enjoy being with, and a husband that so kindly gives of himself.We had medicinal Sunday morning blueberry pancakes to celebrate. Snuggling with my beastie…

This morning I begin my thirty-second year of teaching. I can’t believe how the time has flown by so quickly, the faces of the hundreds of students I have taught over the years flashing through my mind’s eye, from my first years as a green middle school band director to graduate teaching fellows, to university teaching…I have loved it all, every moment of it. Yes, I taught these students, but, oh, I have learned so much from them in return.

I told Dan that something seems different this year, I feel a different sort of excitement and confidence as this new year begins with its new students and new challenges and opportunities to face. I’m not sure why that is- getting older, perhaps?

This will be a busy fall with my new duties as Associate Chair beginning to feel more comfortable, international travel to perform at a conference in Vancouver and to judge an international clarinet competition in Bari, Italy, along with a faculty recital, playing some with the symphony, and teaching our growing clarinet studio. I love what I do- every day is different, every day teaches me something new. It all works together to bring me such joy.

Here’s to a great year of learning for my students- and for myself and my colleagues. I like to tell my students that my doctoral degree taught me how much I don’t know, and made me hungry to continue learning and growing. There is so much out there to discover, and a true teacher is always also a student. How grateful I am for it all.

8 thoughts on “Sunday Morning Gratitude: Teacher Edition

  1. The blessings you give, you shall receive……….🙏💜
    Wishing you another blessed school season of teaching, and learning, Denise.

  2. Medicinal pancakes!! You made me snort laugh!! You have so much to be thankful for and it makes me think – what do I have to be thankful for?? I may not be traveling to foreign soil but there is so much I have to be thankful for! Thanks for the reminder.

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