As May hovers around the muddy corner, a calming sense of camaraderie is found in knowing that we’ve almost made it through another school year. Together. Each class has its own rhythm, established over hard-fought lessons which become their own reward now, as the countdown begins. A good teacher in a good year has chosen and established the cadence so that she/he may release the reigns and enjoy the show. It’s an easier time now – nobody has to prove anything –  everyone understands their reason for being there. And soon, it will all be concluded and celebrated and continued again next school year.