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Monday, May 9, 2011

Are We Done Yet?

 "May and June.  Soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year: cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights."  ~-  Peter Loewer 

 I am tired of this year's school.  All next years curricula is here and bright and shiny and I want to dump the rest of this year.  (Actually, I always want to be done once the kids take the annual standardized tests.)  The weather is getting nice, my "to read" stack is piling up, there are some dust bunnies that have yet to be brought out into the light of day and banished and we are all tired.  
My eyes have been in a permanent state of red and burning from researching and writing out Rowan's Modern History Course for next year and working on lesson plans.  I want to walk along the ocean and bury my feet in the warm sand.
My eyes long to drink in the newly green scenery out my window and feel the sun on my face.   In reality, it is only May and this is Cape Cod where it is still freezing, raw and windy and we are not done just yet.

To carry on I looked for a little inspiration on the net and found some wonderful quotes.  Honestly, I am not sure how much they will help.  But they sound good.

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.  ~Thomas Foxwell Buxton

"Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little." ~Plutarch 

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before."   
~Herodotus

"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves, self-discipline with all of them came first."   
~Harry S. Truman  

2 comments:

Marie May 10, 2011 at 2:04 AM  

I love that Peter Loewer quote. I might have to steal it :-)

I understand the feeling well. I wonder if it's the season - the knowing that summer holidays are looming, the weather is beckoning and everything you still have to do before that magical time seems to drag. I know at work that people are starting to get restless, not taking on new projects and pretty much "marking time" until Midsummer when we will burst out of the door like puppies and really start to live.

hornblower May 12, 2011 at 3:27 PM  

I wish we were done too! Alas, rather than being done, we're about to launch full out into we'llfinishthisevenifitkillsus

Paying the price for the disconnect between over ambitious plans and under ambitious reality.

We're pushing through end of June. & already dd is saying she's keeping Latin up over the summer b/e she's worked hard at it & doesn't want to forget anything. Hwvr, she's on her own with that!

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