Sunday, December 16, 2012

What to Say When Words Fail You

On Friday morning, I was in my classroom, surrounded by my high school students preparing to leave campus until January, excited for Christmas and our extended winter holiday.  As we were laughing, exchanging cookies, and wishing one another happy holidays, tragic events were unfolding on the east coast.  While I have no wisdom to add or comfort to give-- nothing beyond what has already been said or given, in any event-- I feel it important to acknowledge the events in Connecticut.

In many ways, I wish that Monday were a school day just so I could go in to work and hug all of my students and let them know that I love them and how much they mean to me.  I always tell my students that I care about them  . . . but I really feel like I need to let them know how special they are more than I already do.  To be honest, I always try to live my life-- both professional and personal-- with the understanding that it is finite: I know that one day I will no longer be here and neither will the people I care about; so, I try to let my loved ones (family, friends, and students!) know how much they mean to me every day . . . not just when a tragedy occurs.  Nonetheless, when something tragic happens, as it did on Friday, it is a sober reminder of how tenuous our life truly is.

Further, as a teacher, I am proud of the brave actions of the educators at Sandy Hook who sacrificed their own lives in order to save dozens of children.  All children, regardless of where they go to school, should have teacher who are that brave and dedicated not only to their learning, but to their safety and well being.  As educators, we should all hope that we have the strength of character and the presence of mind to protect our children.

Make sure you’re saying your prayers for the lost, those that remain, for their community, and for our nation.  Let’s pray for peace and love.  Let’s pray for sanity and a different, safer tomorrow.

Love,

J.

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