Running In a Circle

This morning, I shared a poem with my students that pretty much explained how I feel at this time of the year.  The poem is entitled, I Am Running in a Circle, by Jack Prelutsky.

I am running in a circle
and my feet are getting sore,
and my head is
as it’s never spun before,
I am
Oh!  I cannot bear much more,
I am trapped in a
. . . volving
. . . volving
. . . volving door!

The poem is funny because the person is trapped in the revolving door and is going around and around in circles.  But, this poem also describes how I feel during this busy time of year.  There is so much to do in so little time.  This week alone I have two band concerts and a PTSA meeting to attend, a field trip to go on with my class, and a Saturday class for my administrative credential.  I have yet to mail out my Christmas cards, and I am not finished with my Christmas shopping.  Don’t remind me that I have to wrap these presents, too.  Oh, and every year I make cookies for my friends at work.  I don’t know when I am going to get to that.  Sometimes I feel like a hamster running on a wheel.  I am running all over the place and not getting anywhere.

My friend (and neighbor) gets her shopping done early.  But, she shops for people all year long.  One of these days I will get it together and manage to be organized.  For now I will have to live with that dull pain in my neck and back due to stress.  I guess I should just appreciate the moment.  However, in all honesty, it will be a relief when the holidays are over.  Then, I can get off the hamster wheel and relax.