“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
This week someone asked me what the hardest part of my job is, and what keeps me coming back. That’s a pretty big question! As I thought about it, there are many hard parts to my job, just as I know there are many hard parts to all of our jobs. My husband comes home on a regular basis telling me the hard parts of his job, and there are days when I feel like all we ever do is talk about nothing but the hard stuff. However, this past weekend I was invited to a wedding of a student I taught in the first grade. When I walked in the first thing I saw were the faces of four little boys, who are now grown young men, that were all in my class. I recognized each of them, and believe it or not still remembered everyone of their names. I got the biggest hugs from each of them, and they all remembered me right away with a warm, “hello Miss Dearmin, it’s so good to see you!” As I talked with them they each told me what they were doing in their now successful lives, and introduced me to girlfriends and finances. The conversation then turned to things we did together in first grade. When I taught them the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire was extremely popular and they recalled memories of a made up version of this game we had created in class and how much fun it was. I had completely forgotten about this! They talked about Monk, my assistant’s puppet monkey that she brought every Friday, and how it truly looked like a real monkey. The stories and laughter about what we did together and the time we shared that year went on and on. Afterwards, it made me think, none of these stories were really about any amazing lessons I taught, the extraordinary part was the connection. They remembered from almost twenty years ago a connection with me and with each other through joy and laughter in our classroom. I was also struck by the fact that these four young men were still friends. Their first time being together in class was in my room, and they formed a bond that year that has lasted nearly twenty years, and I guarantee it will be one that lasts the rest of their lives.
Why do I share this story with you? Because someone asked me the question what is the hardest part of your job, and what keeps you coming back? There are millions of hard parts to my job, and there are days that I cry and feel that I can’t do this anymore. However, it’s the what keeps you coming back part to the question that I share this story with you. For me, I keep coming back because of the relationships. The relationships are what drive me. I love making connections with people, especially children. It’s what feeds my soul. Yes, I love to teach, yes I love to talk about reading and writing, but truly what I love is making a connection with a child or another adult, and when I do I believe we can accomplish so much more than if that connection is not there. This is what keeps me coming back, I believe this is my “superpower.” We all have a superpower – an ability that is unique only to you, “a power,” that could change someone’s life.
I believe that we are all put on this Earth for a specific reason, and we must discover our “superpower.” What is it that makes you smile? What is it that you do really well in life? Maybe it’s teaching. Maybe it’s parenting. Maybe it’s organizing a group to do something in our community. All of these things are superpowers that change lives. However, what if we looked even closer and saw our superpowers as our ability to forgive, our ability to care, our ability to make someone smile, our ability to connect, our ability to listen, or our ability to comfort? These are all things that change lives as well. This week I challenge you to sit with a friend or colleague and share with him/her the superpower you see within them. I guarantee it will shift their thinking about themselves and it may be just what they need to help them figure out the answer to the question…what keeps me coming back? Own your power! We could all use a few more superheroes in our lives these days, and I know where to find a school full of them…CSD!
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Week at a Glance:
Monday: Yearbook pictures rescheduled grades 3-5
Pines visit (Godwin)
Huntersville Oaks visit (Nageotte)
Wednesday: K-7 Staff Meeting
Thursday: Laurels visit (Whitley)
Friday: Make-up yearbook pictures
4th grade rehearsals
7th grade Rube Goldberg sharing
Admin Weekly Schedule:
Other Important Tidbits and Reminders:
Click here to view the Staff Meeting Dates and Topics for 2019-2020 School Year.
Click here to view the Flag Schedule.