“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27
Allow me to clear up a misconception about teachers. We DO work during the summer.
I listened to several people explain their summer plans this week. Most are busy with education related activities. They are either teaching summer classes or they are taking classes themselves. Some of us serve on committees that will meet over the summer. All of us will take some time to rethink our curriculum, make changes, gather different resources, and gear up to try it a different way.
My favorite comment was from a teacher who explained all of the work she was doing in June and August. She is teaching classes most of her summer. Then she got very serious, looked me dead in the eye, and said, “But July is mine! Nothing but me, my kids, and our pool!”
I thought about her comment. She is right. We work nonstop throughout the school year trying to make progress with the students. We neglect our homes, our kids, our poor husbands, and ourselves. July is ours! We earned the right to take a break!
We will not be “eating the bread of idleness” this summer. We will enjoy ourselves, our families, and the time we have earned to relax!