So I was up last night till about 12:30 watching my beloved Pittsburgh Penguins lose in double overtime to the Boston Bruins, and had to wake up at about 5:20 to the panting of my yellow lab needing to go outside, so forgive me if this seems a bit like rambling. Fortunately I will only have to get up this early two more times, as our last day of school is tomorrow (Friday), and teachers are allowed to check out for the summer on Monday.
This is always a bittersweet time for me, its the end of the school year and a happy time because I know summer is coming, which means more time with my wife and daughter. However, all the kids that I have made relationships with, and all the progress that we made over the last 178 days takes a long break, and I will have to virtually start all over again with a fresh bunch again in August. Some students will come back to visit, bringing pictures of projects they’ve done since graduation, or just to tell me stories about classes they had in college, but some students I know I will never see again.
Today is also the Senior Awards Ceremony, and I will be handing out a check to a student for the “Top Woodworking Award” as I have done for the past five years. The award includes a certificate, medal, and fairly modest check for the student to invest in education, tools, etc. for their future. This year’s recipient has done fabulous work all year long, in addition to the regular coursework he spent extra time building a really nice Mission Style coffee table, well deserving the check to invest in his future.
Another thing that is bittersweet is closing down the shop for summer. Most of the woodwork that I do personally, I do in the shop at school (after hours, of course). There is more room, many more tools/clamps at my exposure, and all the dust that I make stays at school, not in my garage. So when I close the shop, its kind of like I know I will be taking a break from a hobby for several months, too. I do have one thing I’m looking forward too…
I recently did a fundraiser with the kids and used the proceeds to buy a lathe. Since I haven’t turned anything in about 9-10 years, I figured I would bring that home to try and hone my skills again. So I bought a book and DVD, and will hopefully be able to “turn” out some nice projects. pardon the pun, I just couldn’t help it.
Well, time to get off to school. Just like school, I think the Penguins will be done on Friday night. Also, it is bittersweet because they had a great year, and making it to the conference finals is great, but losing they way we have been just plain sucks. Oh well, just like school, there’s always next year.
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