Going back to work today was not as painful as I thought. The kids were in a great mood even though they were not ecstatic about the return. In this picture here you see my gorilla. She had a name, but I don't remember what it is now. I bought her before I started teaching and I knew that my classroom would be the perfect home for her. Unfortunately, she has been through some rough times. Her sight is not quite the same and her necklace is a bit disheveled. I have also gone through some struggles in the classroom. Luckily I have not lost an eye, but the number of my gray hairs has increased. She's been there with me since the beginning, so we come together again for this new year.