Thursday, June 3, 2021
Welcome to Thursday Thoughts on “Summer Amy”. Allow me to explain…
Summer Amy is the person I wish I could be in Fall, Winter, and Spring.
But, do I really? I’m not sure.
I was born a Type A person; I can’t help it. I love being organized, efficient, and productive. I like routine and schedules – most of the time!
I started a super serious job at age 22. My job is tailored to the Type A personality, I think. I have been a teacher longer than I haven’t been a teacher! It is helpful as a teacher to be organized, goal-oriented, prompt, and so many other Type A personality traits. The job of a teacher requires constant multi-tasking, the ability to plan ahead and plan for more than you might need in a day’s lesson, organize so many papers or digital files, you get my drift…
I have always lived my life on the school calendar – well, at least I have since I was five years old! So, I have always had a true summer off. Sure, there were summers I worked as a teen and a twenty-something (as a beginning teacher who didn’t make much money), but even my summer jobs were pretty loose and stress-free – pool manager, pool supervisor, stockroom help in a retail establishment.
Basically Summer Amy is the opposite of Regular Amy in every way….
-stays up later
-sleeps in later
-isn’t in a hurry
-makes more time for friends and fun
-says yes more than she says no
-says yes first and asks questions later
-is more fun
-eats more fresh fruit and vegetables
-shops farmer’s markets
-spends more time in the sun
-invites people over more often
-does more local shopping and less online shopping
-listens to more music
-reads more books
-is more social
-wears more casual clothing
You know who resembled Summer Amy despite the severity of the situation?
Pandemic Amy and Virtual Teacher Amy.
The slower pace, the lack of pressure to get to bed so early and get a good night’s sleep to have the requisite energy for in person teaching, and the increased time at home contributed to this. I thought it was hard to teach virtually, don’t get me wrong, but I think teaching in person requires so much more energy. Virtual teaching was hard in different ways, of course, and I really don’t want to have to do that again!
Every August I think I will be able to maintain my Summer persona if I only can do this, this, or this – and it never happens. I told my colleague that long ago in my marriage I told Tom that August and May were the two times I needed his help the most. August and May are crazy for teachers!
Do you have a Summer version of yourself? Or, are you different in different seasons?
I’ve also been thinking…what will “Retirement Amy” look like? Hmmmmm…..
Thanks for reading this week’s Thursday Thoughts!