Spending Time

I’m thinking a lot about time today.  For one thing, it’s time (7:32 p.m. EDT to be precise) to write something for the Slice of Life challenge, which has seemed like a significant challenge for me this summer.  I have wondered on several occasions, how I’ve managed to do so little in such an expanse of time.  Today is the last day of July, and that makes me very aware of time.  July is like the Saturday of summer,  long and carefree.  August, on the other hand, brings me the same anxiety I get on Sunday nights.  It’s not always a bad nervousness, but I worry about things I have to do in a shrinking number of days.  I recognize that one of my weaknesses is my time management.  I stew about dwindling days, but that doesn’t always make me tackle the things that make me nervous.

To counter that, I went to school today and spent some of my shrinking time in my classroom.  I was busy, but I’m not sure an observer would say I used my time well.  I unpacked and stowed away new supplies.  That was productive, and I now have that satisfied feeling, like my  friend from Nova Scotia admiring his massive  pile of split logs.  I have enough pencils and post-its to make it through the winter.

But then I plopped down at my desk, listening to my 80s playlist, and spent two hours culling  files from my overstuffed cabinets.  I recycled a lot of papers today:  writing projects from 2011. Jettisoned. Report card comments from 2006.  Discarded.  Copies of math tests from two curricula ago.  Subtracted.  At each juncture,  though, I actually paused to consider how much time had passed, and to wonder if there was any chance that this student might stop back in my room and want to see their old DARE essay. “Hey, he was in the class that just graduated from Staples.  Too bad I didn’t whip this out when he was visiting.”  Or, “Hey, I think I have this one’s sister in my class this year.  They might be amused.”  It’s doubtful.  More likely it’s just me, wanting to  pump the brakes on the time train as it speeds into the past.  I’m proud to say that I did not hold onto too much, and I now have lots of space for new keepsakes.

As I left today, my room actually looked messier than when I entered, but, it’s still July.


9 thoughts on “Spending Time

  1. Chaos comes before order. I liked the idea that July is a car free Saturday. That’s a perfect comparison. I’m also feeling the time thing. At least it’s still July for three more hours.

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  2. Yes, sometimes we too feel that there is not enough time to do all that we want to do. Once a relative asked me to imagine about people who say they don’t what to do with their time. 😊

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  3. I know what you mean about July being the Saturday of summer and August being Sunday. I already have meetings set up in a couple of weeks and I know that August is going to go by faster than July! I need to pace myself as I move into the remaining days of summer so that I don’t end up cramming everything I haven’t done and wished I had, but not regretting ’cause I’ve let it go, into the last few days of vacation. Enjoy and good luck on the start of your year.

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  4. Time – There is so much to say about time: The way it goes so quickly when you don’t want it to, and so slowly when you want it to hurry up. The way there is just never enough of it. The way we use it (or waste it). Like you, when I saw August 1 on the calendar, I panicked! How could it already be August? I actually love spending days like the one you described in your classroom. Doesn’t it feel good to have organized supplies and purged some folders? That’s one of my favorite kind of summer days, even if it does lead to a little bit of chaos. You have a good mess to work with now! It’s all part of being a process oriented person!

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    1. So true about the process and the purging. I’m a huge saver and a poor filer, so there’s always a big project come August. Well it’s raining so I’m off to school.


  5. Lol. Boy Peter you hit it right on the head about July and August!! Said so well (as always).

    I too am reading, Being Th Change and you poem helped to get mine going. I went online and looked st these formulaic assignments of the poem and shut down. Yours inspired me.

    I am also reading, The Journey is Everything by Katherine Bomer and it is changing everything for me in regards to essay. Also worked with Vicky Vinton a week ago (who had an essay in Katherine’s book) and her message about writing about reading was the same.

    Pernill Ripp does this global read aloud and our age group is, The Refugee. It’s really good and I am thinking of partaking with my kids.

    Lucky, you getting into school already and having your class lists.

    Btw… I am a devout bird person so I loved your post and was so glad everyone was fine and flew free.😌

    Warmest Regards, Deb

    Sent from my iPhone


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    1. Hi Deb,
      So much that you’re reading. The Katherine Bomer book is on my list. Lucy mentioned it last fall when I was at an essay institute, saying she and Katherine had some diffs about essay but that Katherine might be right about the journey focus. Also, I’ve read other Gratz books and really like his writing I will read Refugee. It seems important in this time. Take care. Good to hear from you.


  6. I totally need to read this today. I changed the calendar page in my kitchen and wondered, “Should I go in today?” I decided the answer was “no’ but I will go in before long. I love that you perfectly capture what goes on in a teacher’s mind in summer, and as they start preparing for a new year.


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