Ah... summer! Long days, full of dreaming and being "off" schedule. How we teachers LOVE it!! Blessed, aren't we? Yes in some ways, although personally I would like to teach in a year round school where student retention is higher and the students don't need August and part of September (here in NC we start mid-August) to remember what a quarter note is. Summer brain drain. Personally I would also love to be able to take a family vacation not centered around the hot months of June and July or at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Although we get spring break in March, that is usually an extremely busy time for my husband so he can't take off. But, oh, how I would love to go somewhere in October or February!
As I write this I am sitting in a cottage 5' from the ocean in Maine. The sun is shining, it's quarter to 8 in the AM and the water (high tide right now) is gently lapping at the rocks because a lobster boat just went by hauling traps. I am a proud Mainer, or Maineiac as we say, born here as were my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. I escaped and am now an MIE; Mainer in Exile. Ha! Just kidding. I chose to move and love North Carolina, but really miss Maine in the summer so we make the long (!!!) drive every other year and rent the same cottage in Maine and it is amazing. A few pics to make you want to visit: