Walking into the scene shop to get started organizing yearbooks, my breath caught and I had to swallow tears. Usually opening the boxes is one of the most joyful moments of the year. There’s music and dancing and awe when the editors have the staff gather round for the unveiling.
The editors take the staff through page by page and tell them stories, and we laugh, even over the pages that made us cry.
And then the kids alphabetize the yearbook boxes, find their books and pour over the pages for an hour. After that we have our awards ceremony and eat.
Then it’s more organizing followed by the staff signing party.
Kids are in and out because they have tests or makeup work or projects to present. The room is constant activity. Constant music—sometimes I have to say “hey, language in the newsroom,” and we laugh and laugh and laugh.
Then we open the doors for early distribution and the signing party.
Sometimes there’s cake.
This year it’s me and DH, and it’s all task oriented. Do this, do that, get done.
Distribution starts Tuesday and runs 3 hours a day through Friday.
I have no idea what to expect.
I don’t have those feel-good moments of watching my editors open their books for the first time. I don’t have video of them going through page by page. I don’t have the happy to get me through the complaints that are simply part of the publication process.
Or the memories of the staff as they look trough their books. This year’s book is the biggest ever for CTHS at 255 pages. The staff would have loved that celebration.
I know I need to shift my mindset. To embrace the happy that happened. But this is hard.
I’m thankful to DH. For 21 years he’s offered to help with yearbooks. Today he got to do it!
I’m so proud of my editors who can’t be with me today but who worked SO HARD. They completed over 100 pages at home in a month on little laptops in quarantine. A parent emailed me in April to see if we were even going to have a yearbook since school closed and nothing happened. I was able to say “oh, no. We had a year and a lot happened. And the end looked different, but we still have a book. And the book even covers the end.” We have four spreads of National COVID coverage—thanks Walsworth— and two spreads of CTHS coverage done with help from all my classes. That’s a victory, a huge thing to be happy over!
I’m so thankful to my school and the support they’ve shown.
One more week.
It’s not the book we planned exactly, some pages had to be replaced, but it will always be the most memorable. And through the bad—thanks Coronavirus—there were some really great moments.