being me

To the Moments

This is not a revolutionary post. One that will echo through our chambers as it brings forth the message of new. This is not radical, nor groundbreaking, but instead a gentle reminder to the world at large of what the small things can really do.

That when we take a moment, the moment, to say thank you, to acknowledge, to praise, the ripples that emanate may just one day turn into waves. May make the difference between a child who felt school was unsafe now is a place for her after all.

That when we go out of our way, come back to the way, of what it means to see how a child is trying, how a child is doing, what a child wants to be, we may just remind them that they are, indeed, all we need them to be.

So this is a thank you to the smiles and the hi’s. To the people who stand outside their classrooms, their offices, their schools and busses and every day greet the people with the loudest hello they can.

To the notes and the postcards, to the gotcha’s, and high fives. To the praise that matters and the shoulders that carry. To the scoot in’s and scoot overs. To the “Are you ok’s?” “I got this” and “Any time…” To the hugs, the goodbye’s, the thank you’s and taking the time. Every time. Any time.

A thank you to the quiet moments and the not so quiet. To the questions, the laughs, the aha’s and uh-oh’s.

But most of all, thank you to the people who saw our daughter for everything she was and not everything some wanted her to believe. Today, through your recognition, she started to believe it a little bit more, that she, too, is somebody worthwhile. Today, she saw for the first time in a really long time, what we have never lost sight of. A kid that matters. A kid that matters to others. A kid that is somebody.

8 thoughts on “To the Moments”

  1. Yes, yes and yes. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and have never commented (terrible, really, because I am grateful for your perspective all the time), but I can’t help commenting on this. Just seeing the children we teach – and I teach high school, but they are still *kids* – is so incredibly powerful. I am sorry your daughter is struggling but glad that someone out there is seeing her.

  2. I have child who struggles in school. I have seen first hand how positive reinforcement at home and from her teachers has helped her grow and become more confident in her abilities and improved her self-esteem.

  3. And you think this post is not earth shattering? Even when small difference is made in public education it is huge. For our own babies and all the others.

  4. You have no idea what an impact you’ve made on my teaching and the trickle-down effects on my students. Thank you for being you and writing from your heart.

  5. I love your post. It is so true, and is inspiring me to walk into school tomorrow and be the person who cares.
    On another note- I found your blog when I was looking for ideas to spark innovation with my 4th graders, and I found your Innovation Day. I think I want to try it with my class. Any suggestions?

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