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For the Teachers

December 20, 2016
by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

It seems like it was just Christmas and here it is four days away already. As a kid growing up, I couldn't wait for Christmas to get here. We would travel to Minnesota and have a great time with the relatives. Thinking back, other than seeing cousins, we were all jammed into a three-bedroom house. When I say all of us, I'm talking 11 kids, seven adults, a large black lab and a psychotic house cat that loved to attack bare feet. Yep 18 people in a three-bedroom house and only one bathroom, but it was some of the best memories I have.

It took me years to figure out how the Santa Claus presents got delivered and six of the adults would stay up until almost dawn making sure everything was assembled and had batteries if needed. My grandpa would get up about 5 a.m. shouting "Santy Claus come! Santy Claus!"

Of course this would wake all of us kids and we would run down the stairs squealing and laughing. This in turn woke up the rest of the adults, who probably had gone to bed maybe an hour before. Once everyone was awake, Grandpa went back to bed. It was great.

Mom used to tell me I was wishing my life away when I would wish for Christmas to get here. I never understood, but I really understand this year. 2016 has come and gone so quickly, its surreal. But the passing of the year made me think about how excited kids get the closer it is to Christmas and how kids concentration goes right out the door, especially this close to the big event.

Anyway,I have a friend who moved away shortly after we graduated from college. She became a teacher in a large city and she sent me this poem, which I found hilarious and I am sure that some of it is true to a point. As you read it, remember what it was like that last week before Christmas vacation when you were in school. I'm sure the teachers went crazy then and still do.

'Twas the Week Before Christmas

by Amy Oelschlager

'Twas the week before Christmas and all through the school

The children were crazy. I was losing my cool!

Their papers aren't finished, they don't do the work

But when I try and make them, I feel like a jerk!

I'm tired, I'm cranky these kids have it coming

But I stop and think, what a Scrooge I'm becoming!

So I tune out their chatter and I try to enjoy

The last days before Christmas with each girl and boy

They are so excited, and buzz with holiday cheer

And then homemade presents begin to appear

Be-glittered and fashioned with craft sticks and glue

And of course there's a "Best Teacher" mugor two

The last day they come as candy crazed creatures

But then it's two weeks of break

I love being a teacher!

Does this ring any bells for anyone out there? I know it did for me and I'm not a teacher. I laughed and laughed thinking, "I bet this is what all teachers think and have thought for many, many years."

I hope everyone has a safe and very Merry Christmas!



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