Everyone in my school building is in a better mood on a Friday. In fact, it seems like everyone I run into on Fridays are typically in a better mood. So, today, at the end of the class period, I asked my students this exact question. What does Friday mean to you? They all stated the same thing – the weekend is almost here. Their responses varied from sleeping in, playing sports (kids spend way too much time playing organized sports), making TicToks, hanging out with friends, and one young lady was excited about going to the movies.
After class, I decided to answer the question on my own and write down all of my weekend adventures. On scrap paper, I wrote down the Shamrock Run, watching my girls play soccer, coaching lacrosse (my kids play too many organized sports), lesson planning for after April vacation, going to a fundraiser, hanging out with the kids, grading quizzes, completing the mid-marking period comments, and having coffee with a retired colleague. I quickly glanced at my list and smiled. This is why I love the weekend. I get time with my family and time to catch up on schoolwork (and of course, home projects). The weekend is two full days away from school to get stuff done.
Then, I started to think more about my list and how much it has changed over the years. In my late teens and twenties, it was parties and finishing papers/projects/schoolwork on Sunday evenings (usually tired from the partying). In my thirties, it was a weekend of crying babies, diapers, late nights, early mornings, and happy Sunday nights because I knew that I was heading back to work in the morning (don’t tell my wife that part). In my forties, it is coaching, date nights with my wife (because we didn’t get any in our thirties), driving kids to friends’ houses (and worrying that the older two are doing the right things), and currently, driving practice with my oldest. Ugh! I don’t even want to think about what the fifties will bring.
As the weekend begins, I am grateful for all of it. I’m not wishing away the time (even though I feel like a taxi cab driver), but in fact, I am hoping that it slows down. For now, happy Friday and happy weekend!