My first Halloween!
On Friday night, we went to trick or trunk at the school I used to work at. I thought it started at 5 so we got there at 4:45. Whoops apparently set up started at 5 and the event started at 6. Fortunately Nolan was his usual patient self and went along with meeting lots of new people all while wearing a donkey costume. Not a single complaint from him. The Eeyore outfit was a bit hit.
It was nice seeing some of my former co workers. I also saw about ten of my previous students. They are all in third and fourth grade now, and I had them for first. I saw Mariel, Jonathan, Anderson, Bryant, Cynthia M, Cynthia C, Steven R, Asael, Raul, and maybe one or two others. It's crazy how I remember each of them so well even two to three years later.
Their reactions were funny. A few of the girls came running over saying "Hi Mrs. Ciak" with smiles on their faces. When a student remembers you and says they miss you it means a lot. I think they enjoyed meeting Nolan too. Most of the boys were interested in saying hello but a little shy and confused as to where I have been the past year and half. Regardless, it was wonderful to see these sweet kids growing up. I hope they still remember me as their first grade teacher and that I left a lasting impact. While being at school made me miss those sweet smiling faces and the wonderful people
I taught with, but it also reminded me that being home with Nolan was the best choice for us and our family. Lake Forest was the third and final school I worked at for year 5 and 6 of my teaching career. I've made many lasting friendships with awesome teachers there, and I feel thankful they've continued to include me after a couple years.