I don't ever really get all teacher sappy-dappy on the blog but today, I'm going there.
Just a little bit.
I found this quote the other day and thought, I could not have said it better myself!
The end of every year is always bittersweet but I always choose to focus on the *sweet* part, also known as summer vaca knocking on my door!! But today, at our last staff meeting of the year, my principal had us all sit in a circle. Then she told us to think of that kid you had this year whose life you know you made an impact on. So we did. Simple enough, right? But then she told us she wanted us to take turns standing up and when we stand say, "I stand for _____________ because...."And one at a time we dutifully stood up around the room and shared which child in our building we were standing for this afternoon and why. When it was my turn to stand I started to speak and about 6 words in I got all choked up and I ended up having to cut my piece short because the more I tried to say the faster those tears seemed to come. I felt like such a goober because I was the first one to cry. But I must have encouraged the other blubber balls in the room to say their piece because after I stood up people seemed to follow the trend. I silently thanked every one of them for not making me the only one to go there!!
By the time everyone had shared who they stood for the whole room was emotional. All the names that were spoken were the kids who had pushed us all the hardest, left us feeling the most frustrated, the ones who sometimes make
you me want to go drown my day in a big bottle of wine tequila. But they're also the ones that seem to steal little pieces of our hearts when they walk out of our rooms at the end of the year and onto the next.
So if you want to give yourself a brief feel good moment tonight ask yourself-
Who would you stand for?