The first precious few weeks back to school filled with the customary syllabus readings, textbook distribution, and icebreaker games have been kissed goodbye and the glorious reality of essays, presentations, and tests loom in my imminent future. After my first truly arduous week back, I spend my Friday night babysitting. It’s 8:30 and I just wrapped up the bedtime story ritual complete with disagreements over the book selection for the evening and plenty of giggles over Dr. Seuss’s beloved classic, Green Eggs and Ham. The kids are tucked in and soundly asleep upstairs.
Soon, I lounge comfortably on the couch, catching an episode of Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network, and munching on a few Oreos I happened upon in the Coopers’ pantry. Amidst watching my wildly entertaining show, I pause for a moment and seriously consider opening my backpack to get a head start on the mounds of homework due next week. However, as many students can relate to, the little voice inside my head saying, “Take a break and relax because you know you deserve it after a long week,” persuaded me to leave the zipper closed. Instead, my mind slips into an intense mode of contemplation.