Oceans For Emotions: Wishing you a great Christmas break
By Elaine Wheat
Dec. 20, 2013 at 6:20 a.m.
"Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things."
- Psalms 119:18
I wrote this song the first year I taught school, and just for the fun of it, I took it to school and went into the teachers' lounge, which is now called the teachers' workroom, and read it to four or five teachers who were in there.
As luck would have it, one of those teachers was the "crazy choir teacher," and she asked me for a copy of it.
When we all got back together at the next faculty meeting near Christmas, the "crazy choir teacher" said she wanted to sing us a Christmas carol to the tune of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."
She began singing the song I wrote:
"Hark the worn out teachers shout, this is the day that we get out.
This is the day that we can tell, all the kids (pause) ... a fond farewell.
Here we sit like worry birds, waiting for those final words
We've been here so long it seems, the kids have done some wondrous things.
Hark the worn out teachers shout:
This is the day that we get out.
Happy Holidays, students;
We'll see you at the beach."
Dear Lord, I was in education for 52 years, and each year, we sang my fun song and made many happy and meaningful memories. Thank you for those breaks, so we could catch our breath and catch some fish before we went back to school. If some of the students want to grow up and be teachers, remember that teachers get two and a half months off to fish and enjoy the beach.
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