But this is the more accurate picture of me today. Why?
I was headed off to my last parent-teacher meeting after 17 years of going to them here in Czech.
Through the years I have sat in so many classrooms like this one that is Claire's at BMA (FYI: do you know that Czech kids generally don't switch classrooms like American kids? The teachers go to different classrooms, not the kids).
For many years I sat in meetings that I didn't understand. Thankfully with each year's passing it got a little easier.
Now it's no longer scary, no longer difficult, no longer something I dread.
Instead, I found myself with unexpected tears in my eyes as I sat there one last time, realizing that an era has passed for our life here in Czech.
No more "Třídní schůzky" after today.
I walked out of BMA this evening with a sense of victory and accomplishment. I made it all the way through Czech school with my kids!
I also left with a lump in my throat. In a weird way, I'll miss those meetings.
Well, truth really be told...I'll miss the kids who were the reason I was going.