Saturday, February 21, 2015

One Little Word

For many people, the concept of "One Little Word" is not a new one. Apparently it has been around for many years. I was recently introduced to OLW during a professional development workshop in my school district. From what I understand, you choose a word (or in some cases the word chooses you) that will be your focus for the year. It is a word that you will reflect on and even make a priority throughout the year. For some the word is present in their professional life, some choose a word that is meaningful in their personal life, and for some it bridges both.

The word I chose for 2015 is FAMILY.

In comparison to the people I am surrounded by every day (my teaching colleagues) my children are very young. My three sons are 13, 11, and 6. I often compare myself to my colleagues when it comes to experience, time spent on school-related activities, the ability to attend conferences and workshops both in-town and far away. I frequently have to remind myself that I am not at the same point as them either in my experience in my career, financially, or with my family. As much as I want to be the best teacher I can be, which in my eyes equals time spent preparing and "being" a teacher, I have more important priorities right now. My family.

It seems as if I've blinked and my oldest son has gone from birth to preschool to teenager overnight. I was hit with the reality a few weeks ago that he is going to be in high school next year! I know that the other two are not far behind. I don't want to go to sleep and wake up tomorrow only to realize that I've neglected to enjoy the little things. You never get a second chance at those little things.

So this year, I am going to leave work quickly on Friday for Family Movie Night. I am going to run out and get donuts on Saturday mornings so that they are waiting when the kids wake up. I will attend the boys' middle school musical and cheer them on from the front row. We will plan a beach vacation for the summer. I will encourage Liam as he tries out for his first sport this spring. I will read to Nick and sing his bedtime songs every night when he goes to bed. We will have family game nights. I will listen to each detailed, slowly spoken story that Ben wants to tell me. We will have cookouts, movie marathons, and silly string fights.

When faced with a choice, I will always choose my FAMILY.

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  1. Carolyn,
    It's true we wear so many hats. Putting focus on family is always a good thing. When I feel like my family is in balance it is easier for me to also be my best at school. When you said, "I don't want to go to sleep and wake up tomorrow only to realize that I've neglected to enjoy the little things. You never get a second chance at those little things." It's so true!

    Love your video!

  2. I found this post through Julie Johnson's new maker playground on Google +. Consider joining the weekly DigiLit Sunday meme at my blog to connect with other teachers using digital tools in creative ways.
    I have 3 daughters who are all grown up. My oldest is turning 30 this week. The time with family is so fleeting and becomes more important as they leave the nest. When we all get together, it is a cause for celebration. Hold on to these precious years.

  3. Dear Carolyn,
    There are so many things I love about this post. First, you're so right. Our kids grow up so fast and you can't get that time back. Family always has to come first. I love the brought tears to my eyes (probably because my kids are on the grown up end and your video brought back many fond memories with my own children). I'm so glad you are joining our digital playground. We are going to have so much fun!