I love using my time to help others. I help my husband each morning get to the Metro by dropping him off before I head to school. My daughter is working at my school so I head back home and we carpool together. I help by making us both bag lunches. Then I wait until she is ready and we head to school together. I like helping my 3rd grade team by sharing ways to teach writing. And I love helping my students in my classroom all day long!
Yet, sometimes, I like just being alone.
Sometimes, I just NEED alone time.
Yesterday, I got what I needed!
My husband didn’t need a ride so I left the house early and enjoyed a Starbucks breakfast (alone) and took 30 minutes to sit (alone) to read and comment on other slicers’ blogs. My daughter wasn’t working today so I got to school early and had a whole hour (alone) before the kids arrived to think and plan. My daughter agreed to cook dinner so I stayed late at school (alone) to read and respond to my students’ blog posts and to grade their reading and math tests.
As I sat in my classroom last night (alone), blaring The Talking Heads and the Soundtrack from Hamilton on spotify, I got organized for the parent/teacher conferences that start at 2pm today and continue all day on Friday.
I like being helpful but I am very grateful that yesterday I had some much needed alone time.