When I returned to school today after four days away, the returned book bags were piled high and deep in my return bin. I was so glad I had asked a colleague to bring the bin in on Friday afternoon before she left for the weekend. Material drop off and pick up days for our Remote Learning students is always hectic, and I had forgotten a major detail — that I was attending PD from home on Friday and home for the MLK Birthday holiday on Monday. Thank goodness for helpful colleagues to shelter these essentials from the weekend’s elements!
As I sorted through the 18 bags during a ZOOM break this morning, an unexpected treasure tumbled out of one of the bags — a chocolate bar. A literal and figurative sweet gesture from one grateful family. While I expressed my thanks immediately with a DM through Seesaw, they have no idea how much this random act of kindness meant to me. This year is hard in more ways than I can count, and receiving a token of gratitude such as this every now and then keeps me going.
Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. And many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here every Tuesday throughout the year and daily during the month of March.