Coffee, Books, Reflection
There is a lot of anticipation in the air this week. Anticipation of a long weekend (our version of "Spring Break"), anticipation of Spring (it's 56 degrees today!), anticipation of a snowstorm expected to hit us on Thursday (No think you, 4-8 inches of snow & possible ice). Prom is approaching. Track season is in full swing. The golfers have been on the courses. Driver's licenses will soon be awarded. There are lots of things for teens to anticipate and lots of things for adults to worry about.
All of this has left me, and many others, a little on edge.
This edginess has lead to kindness slipping. The students are being mean to each other. Under the breath comments, unkind reactions to writing, rude language in the hallways: it's all been around lately. Adults, too, are not being as kind to each other as they've been previously. Emails when conversations would be better, quick replies that don't carry warmth, no smiles in the hallways. We're all wrapped up in our own anticipation & our worries. Everyone's Christmas spirt has worn holes and Easter doesn't carry the same anticipation for many.
In short, we need a mood-lifter. A game changer. A chance to rediscover the kindness we've previously shown and remind ourselves we catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
WIll that be a snow day? Only Thursday will tell!
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Kari teaches English I to 9th graders (!) and other electives in rural Iowa. Her husband is also an English teacher, and their friends have sworn to never help them move again because "even libraries don't have that many books."