I am done preparing 2.5 meals a day.
I am done making the laundry rounds.
I am done shopping leisurely on a Tuesday morning.
Done making a phone call when I feel like it.
Done sleeping past five.
Come tomorrow, I will rise earlier than I remember ever rising, crawl into the shower and wish for a mainline of caffeine. I will greet colleagues and readjust my mind to this noblest of professions, educating the citizens of tomorrow.
Come Wednesday, I will activate all the lessons and the classroom work I've done over the past weeks as I welcome a new crop of students and embark upon all the teaching I'm excited to do this year. I will begin club activities, participate in my teacher association, run department meetings. I will plan my days in fifteen-minute blocks and rush from moment to bursting moment.
Gone are the hazy afternoons with my dogs and gone are late-night movies with my kids. Gone are lazy coffee mornings and gone are trips to the hot springs with my mom.
And I could not be happier to say goodbye to summer, and hello to my calling.
Ready to return!