Rarely do I entertain a love-hate relationship with anything - I'm more of a one-way-or-the-other kind of a gal (and I'm hard pressed to think of many things I hate...... it's more like I just feel strongly about them).
But today I recognized one significant love-hate relationship in my life.
I love-hate the first day of school.
I love it, you see, because after the summer, I'm ready to start teaching again. I love teaching. I love the first day because I see a lot of my super-cool high schoolers as they come up and are excited to see me, no matter whether or not they love Spanish. I love it because soon, we'll get into the groove and really have a class-bond and be having fun while learning.
I hate it, you know, because on the first day kids stare at each other and you with this sort of dead-still tired from summer-I don't really like school look. There is this weird silence and awkwardness accompanied by some sneaky whispers of the few people who know each other. And I hate it when you don't know any of your students, because then the rapport isn't there and they aren't quite ready to embrace my kooky-ness just yet.... and all of my classes are new-to-me-students this year.
But I love it, because tomorrow we'll jump into things. We'll start to get to know each other and laugh and be silly and be serious and work and play. It'll be good.
Oh, and I hate how exhausting the first day is! Whew, I'm tired. Thank the Lord for a comfy bed and hopefully a good night of sleep tonight.
What do you love-hate?