08 June 2011

Sunflowers For My Students

I have to say goodbye tomorrow. And I don't know how I am going to do it.

The sunflowers on my kitchen table cause me to stop in the doorway every time I enter the room. Succinctly, they rule. They thrill and delight me. They provide comfort and gladness, liveliness and elation. Much like my precious, remarkable students.

I need that positivity today. I need to bottle it and swallow it as if it were sweet nectar in order to maintain the strength I know is necessary for tomorrow.

Some may say I feel things too deeply; to that, I say, I wouldn't have it any other way.


  1. Here's to feeling things too deeply...I'm with ya, and also wouldn't have it any other way. Be strong! :)

  2. I'm with you and Susan - feel away and don't ever say sorry for doing so.

  3. I'm glad that you feel too deeply. That means that you care enough to get emotional about things that matter to you...I am the same way.

    Is this just a good-bye for the summer or is this good-bye for longer than that?

  4. =( Good byes are SO not fun.

    - Sarah

  5. "Feel, feel, I say - feel for all you're worth, and even if it half kills you, for that is the only way to live" – Henry James.

    A favorite of mine, and something that reminds me of you, too.

  6. Good luck, Kayla! I hope it won't be too heartbreaking. As always, I love your positivity where anyone else would be so negative.

    Also.. I'm surprised you've already got sunflowers! They don't come out here until about August.

  7. I've often been told the same thing. But it makes me who I am, someone who feels things passionately, and I'm proud of that.

    I will never forget saying good-bye to my first kindergarten class. It was heartbreaking.

    Good luck tomorrow! And thank goodness you have a lovely, long, exciting summer to look forward to, right?

  8. oh the end of the school year is definitely the hardest time! for me, it's now the end of therapy with clients whom i've struggled and celebrated with {most of whom were kids/teens}. bah! so sad. we usually draw each other a picture on our last day together. it helps with the closure. good luck tomorrow!

  9. Oh goodness, goodbyes are never easy and I can't imagine having to say goodbye to your sweet little students. Hang in there, and if need be, let the tears flow it's the only way. Big hug to you!

  10. it was always to sad to say goodbye to amazing teachers at the end of every school year. sending you some happy vibes for tomorrow :-)

  11. so beautiful- love sunflowers & their ability to bring cheer.

    will be thinking of you, my dear!


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