This July has been somewhat surreal compared to other Julys. These days past we would be planning summer trips to Florida or California with images of Mickey and the Golden Gate Bridge in our heads. But today there is a sense of uneasiness with incidents of senseless violence in Orlando, now Dallas that is still echoing in my ears.
As I reminisce about my classroom, I wonder what do we tell the kids? Nothing. We do what we’ve been doing for decades in this profession and something much better, we give them our heart, our ears, our prayers. We show them what peace is in our classrooms with the love of reading, writing and rationalizing. We read stories of kindness and friendship, teach them about rules, consequences and sweet rewards. We remind them that saying “I’m sorry”, “I’ll do better next time”, and “I won’t quit” is always better then giving up or getting angry and holding resentment.
I mourn for those who lost their lives this summer. But we as a society can definitely do something to plant seeds of kindness and courtesy in our children, students and community. Images of Mickey are more proper to the little lives in our town then images of mothers crying. Never give up on the children. They are the future.
What has happened?