The school year started and suddenly it’s October. Suddenly the routine we once knew is no longer the norm, and we are settling into a new normal.
The new normal means some mornings where I leave the house before the kids are awake. It means picking them up 15 minutes before daycare closes.
The new normal involves 32 (60 at recess) kids from 32 different backgrounds who like to give hugs, get excited to work math problems, and need encouragement after hard tests.
The new normal means more crockpot and freezer meals, playing hard until bedtime, then staying up until 11:00 to finish lesson plans or study how to teach kids about properties of water and the steps to long division in ways that they will understand.
As a general rule, I’m not one for change. I like things to stay the same. One year my mom tried to swap our handmade ornaments on the Christmas tree for pretty, matching ornaments. My sister and I threw such a fit about it that we had two Christmas trees that year – the pretty one and the “normal” one. (By the way, two Christmas trees is the BOMB. Good thinking, Mom! If I could find space in my house I would do that every year).
But I’m learning through all of this change that new isn’t necessarily bad.
My kids love their daycare. They are excited to be picked up and have no idea that it’s later than normal.
My brain hurts from teaching 5th grade math. But I have never had such an enthusiastic group of learners. They want to do it, and they want to do it well. So by golly, I will stay up until 11:00 to learn and plan so that they can succeed.
Crockpot and freezer meals are tasty. So that’s just an easy win all around. And when they fail, Dominos delivers. Hallelujah.
Thank you, God, for grace every day. Thanks for making the new normal start to seem normal.
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