Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Beginning... Middles... Ends

Much to Andrew's dismay I love chick-flicks.  One of my favorites is Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock.  All week long, as I have started the first week of school, a quote from that movie has been stuck in my mind. 

"Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it's what's in the middle that counts."

Every school year the feelings are the same for me at the beginning.  I am scared out of my wit!  
What will this year bring?
Will my kids be okay?
How will I handle all the work?
And now... What will my value added score be?

Every school year the feelings are the same for me at the end.  No matter how difficult my group has been, I am sad to see them go.  I mean, during the school year I am spending more time with them than their parents!

But I love this quote because I never really thought about the "middle" that way.  That it is in the middle of the school year I will spend the bulk of my time shaping and impacting my kiddos. As we get to the thick of things, what am I going to do that is valuable in the middle?

We are in the "middle" of our time in New Orleans, and we have no idea what the next year will bring.  But I am reminded to focus on being here now... that is what counts.

And really, when you think about it, most of life is the "middle" of things, even though we tend to focus more on beginnings and endings.   What am I doing to make the most of these times?


1 comment:

  1. Stumbled across your blog from The Kinch Life... and I really enjoyed this post! I haven't seen Hope Floats in forever but there was a period where I watched that movie all the time! But this quote is great! Rings so, so true.