A Lot Can Happen in a Year

A lot can happen in a year.  I used to think that was just a saying, something people said when you were wondering if things would ever happen, if you were impatient for life to begin.  It was always said with the sort of wistfulness of someone who has already had many full and changeable […]

Cuddles with creases don’t count

This week has been the first week of the school holidays and normally, I would be enjoying them like any other tired teacher.  But since I’m not a teacher anymore (okay, maybe that’s an overstatement; I’ll always be a teacher, I’m just not working as one right now), I’m not enjoying the holidays.  Instead, I’m […]

Almost home

It’s almost time for me to head back across the ocean, home to England.  But before then, we’re ending our road trip in a place that feels like home now:  the North Carolina coast. This isn’t my first time to the Outer Banks.  It’s my third, in fact.  And every time I come I fall […]

Saying goodbye to the classroom

Friday was the last day of school.  It was my last day as a Second Grade teacher in North Carolina, my last day as a teacher in the United States, the last day with my class of eighteen little monkeys here, the last day in my small, used-to-be-something-else classroom.  It was also my last day […]