A Season of Changes

by Lucy Lee Jones on August 16, 2010

in Autumn, Change, Reflection, Summer, University Center at West Hawaii

It has been a summer of emptying old boxes full of junk, planting seeds, watering because of (or perhaps in spite of) the drought, reading delicious murder mysteries, writing a little here and there, and even spending some time being totally slothful.

Now on this sixteenth day of August, 2010, I am officially back to work as a full-time instructor in a community college. A week from now, classes will begin, each class full of students eager to learn. Well, I think most of them are.

At one point, I was working so hard to catch up with chores here at home that I was ready to go back to teaching so I could relax. By the end of summer, those chores were (mostly) completed and I had more opportunity to kick back, have a little fun.

So while I’m looking forward to the first day of classes, some new faces, some familiar faces, several students looking toward graduation so they can either go off to a four year school or get into a depressed job market.

Summer isn’t officially over, first day of autumn is still a month away, and winter is practically nonexistent here in Hawai`i, although there are seasonal changes. In the area where I live, the plumeria (frangipani) loses its leaves, there is a bit of briskness in the morning breeze coming down from the mountain, the hens are not laying as profusely, and I am delayed by school buses that manage to get ahead of me.

All of this rambling leads me to say that I’m a mixture of reluctance, anticipation, joy, relief, sadness. Through all the changes that happen in life, I hope I will continue to inspire even a handful of students to become who they are meant to be. Isn’t that what teaching is all about?

A hui hou!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sonia (foodiesleuth) August 16, 2010 at 11:54 am

Can’t believe summer is almost over….BTW…I already feel a change in the air and the light of the early sun is already somewhat diffused……

2 Lucy Lee Jones August 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Yes, there is definitely a subtle change in seasons here. I’m just very happy that our seasons don’t involve shoveling snow!!
I’m back to school this week, starting with a faculty meeting 🙂

3 Sonia (foodiesleuth) August 16, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Better you in a classroom than me….;-)

The of this month wil see me visiting the Volcano Farmers Market for a Feature, but the next one after that might be Na’alehu….if so I will let you know and maybe we can get together for a couple of hours….

4 Lucy Lee Jones August 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Fortunately, I love teaching. This is my third career! 🙂 I’d love to meet when you come to Naalehu. Also, is BISS having a potluck in September?

5 Sonia (foodiesleuth) August 16, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I’m sure BISS will be meeting in September…I haven’t heard yet where, though…. I better get that ball rolling…..

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