It’s over! And it was, all things considered, a success. The teachers running the activities that I couldn’t be at said thing went well and that is what I was most worried about (that I’d saddle them with a half-baked activity that resulted in chaos).
And, dare I say it, there were a few moments when I managed to have fun.
By the end of the event I was totally exhausted. I plowed through two hours of clean up before I picked up the kids for swimming. Now I’m grading some papers (I got WAY behind when preparing for the festival started taking precedence) and planning for my recently neglected 7th and 8th grade classes.
There is still a lot to do, but having that massive weight off my shoulders is a big relief. Opening my computer today I was able to shut down so many tabs that have been open for so long–that felt amazing! I am proud of myself for attempting something I’ve never done before, and making it work well enough. The kids seemed to have fun and the teachers were incredibly supportive.
This festival is also the end of a chapter I created myself, one that I wrote four stories and drew 18 illustrations for. I’m proud of that work as well. It’s been a crazy month, but I’m really pleased with how everything turned out.
As you can see, I went all out with it.