Well, three of us went back to school this week. Marian is absolutely thrilled to be back. She loves her teacher and being at school. She is glad that she doesn't have to ride the bus anymore. She told me she likes the time that she gets to have with me while we're driving to school. She loves to tell people that she's in the first grade reading group. We're really proud of how well she is reading and how much she is learning.
Jon went to school for the first time this week. He was recently offered a position to teach high school Spanish at Iberia High School. He's also teaching two sections of PE. Yes, I know. What a combination!! He's enjoyed his first two days. I'm watching him sit at the dining room table while he works on lesson plans. I know he has that good kind of anxious about it, and just wants to do a good job.
I also went back to school this week. It is bittersweet. I'm happy to be back, but also wishing there were a reason for me to be at home. I'm taking the week to review and to start thinking like a teacher again. I'm sure the students are appreciating the slow-moving week as well. I was really needing something to help put me back into a routine and a schedule. I'd say that yesterday was the hardest. I wanted to make sure that the students had a chance to talk to me about Josephine if they wanted. Some classes did; others didn't. Plus, I wasn't sure how many of them had heard about Josephine's death, so I had to repeat myself seven times yesterday. By the end of the day, it wasn't quite as hard to talk about.
James likes being back at Nicki's, too. Yesterday morning was a slow start, but today, after I took his coat and shoes off, he walked straight upstairs to play with the toys. I'm so glad that he's so resiliant!
All in all, we are still doing great. Some days are harder than others. There are some days that we just miss her. I know that will never go away. I still feel the joy of having her here though. I was looking through some pictures and couldn't help but smile at how adorable she looked in some of them. What a wonderful angel!
We are still getting emails, cards and well-wishes, and we are very grateful to each of you. I don't know if I'll ever be able to send thank you cards to each of you, so please know how grateful we are just in case I forget to send you one!