June 4, 2008


Posted in Uncategorized at 5:42 pm by Matt Porter

Tuesday night, our school held our Commencement exercises. Commencement, used in its normal sense, means “beginning.” We mark the end of our graduate’s (yes, just one this year) school years, but we’re really celebrating the beginning of her life. It’s a bittersweet time, with tears and smiles mingling more often than not.

Today, Wednesday, is a commencement of sorts for me. It is the end of my last ever school year as a teacher, and the start of a new stage in my life. It, too is a bittersweet time, which comes as a bit of a surprise to me. I guess in spite of all the things I dislike (despise occasionally might not be over strong a word to use) about teaching, one still builds relationships with the people one is around on a regular basis. While I can definitely say I won’t miss teaching, I will feel the absence of some of my students. While I can celebrate the change in my life (and gladly forget much of the past), there is still that which I will miss. I suppose I’ll only discover which things are which over time.

Parting is such sweet sorrow.