Celebration: Goodbyes

Celebration: Goodbyes

The 2014/2015 school year has ended. Some people celebrate that it is summer, time for rest. Some celebrate the opportunity for new beginnings. Some celebrate a full, productive year.

I celebrate that my class and I managed our goodbyes. Goodbye with lots of celebration. Goodbye with lots of connection. Goodbye with the understanding that it is not really goodbye at all because sharing a room is not the only way to share.

We toasted a wonderful year (or for many of us two or three years) together.

Celebration: Goodbyes

Yes, we had some tears. Yes, there were lots of hugs. But most of all there was security. When you build something great together, it still stands when you step away. Somehow, quietly, we all knew this.

And so . . . our goodbyes were full of gratitude, of smiles, of honouring what we have built. And of knowing that it is in each of us.

I am so lucky to be a teacher. So lucky to work with such wonderful children. Today, I celebrate that.

Big breath.

Thank you to Ruth Ayres and the #celebratelu community! Being part of a community that regularly shares gratitude and celebrations truly transforms my weeks.

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18 thoughts on “Celebration: Goodbyes

  1. Carrie, I have truly enjoyed following you and your kids this past year-from the end of the strike to the end of the school year. I would love to send you a copy of my picture book The Peddler’s Bed which releases on September 1 for you to share with your new students in the fall.

  2. What an interesting year it’s been for you and these wonderful kids, Carrie. From the strike to this sweet ending, you’ve shared so many lovely stories. I am glad to have been a ‘virtual’ part of what you and your students did. Happy Summer!

  3. Your posts always lift me up. Happy summer to you beautiful teacher. I remember last year and the uncertainty of your summer. May this summer be restful and rejuvenating!

  4. Really like this…”I celebrate that my class and I managed our goodbyes. Goodbye with lots of celebration. Goodbye with lots of connection. Goodbye with the understanding that it is not really goodbye at all because sharing a room is not the only way to share.”

    I love how you have students for more than one year! It would be a dream come true for me!

    Happy summer!

  5. Remembering the difficulties of the beginning of the year it is good to read about the goodbye with connections, gratitude and celebration. I hope that this year the summer will be restful and inspirational.

  6. Carrie,
    My heart sort of ached just thinking about you saying good-bye to this group of children. But in a way that only you so eloquently can do, you’ve made the good-bye “OK” for everyone, most importantly your students. You’ve given them structure, support, and stability such that they can carry it forward to their next and new life experiences. You are a gift to them and to all of your readers and followers. Thank you!

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