Another year is starting.
Tonight was open house...
This night used to be filled with anxiety and excitement... LOTS and lots of excitement... because it meant I was meeting a whole new group of smiling student faces and I knew they were mine.
I saw lots of smiling faces at open house tonight. I got to stand at the front door and greet as everyone came in and say good-byes as they all left.
...But it wasn't the same.
Even though I again will have every student in the building, none of them are mine. I'm not sure I will ever get over this part of it.
It especially made it worse when former students of mine came back (because of younger siblings) and gave me hugs...
... because they all know that once they are mine they are always mine.