This picture was taken by a friend right before the fireworks celebration the other night, and it got me to thinking just how lucky we are... not only as a nation, but as human beings.
Life is precious. Too many people don't realize what others are going through. As a teacher, I try to understand why a student might be acting out in class, because I really might not know why. Sometimes they tell me, and sometimes they don't.
The same holds true for us teachers.
The following post was from late February, shortly after my cousin of only 30 years old passed away following a long battle with cancer. She left behind a husband and a toddler of only about 3 years old. I didn't specifically blog about it then, but I did write about life, and how precious it is:
Many things happen to you in your life, both good and bad.
We all know that.
I like to tell my students a quote that I heard one time:
"It's not IF something goes wrong, it's WHEN something goes wrong … and how you handle it."
You truly never know what someone is going through in their life. Every day, when those students walk into my classroom, I try to give them the best possible experience that I can, because I just don't know sometimes what they're going through.
So when you set up your classroom like a community, like a family, it makes your class that much better to go through life happy, enjoying every moment.
…living life to its fullest.
I vividly remember holding my new baby cousin Tonya Burek (Dubeansky) when she was born. I was about 12 years old, and it was pretty cool. She looked up to her older cousin (literally) as she was probably not even 5 feet tall, but she had so much energy, and a smile that would light up any room. It was always a big joke when we would stand next to each other, because they always had to turn to camera sideways to fit us both in. We shared a lot of laughs when we were together as kids, and I remember those days fondly.
She went on to become a fabulous music teacher near New York City, and I'm sure her students loved her. From all of the blogs that I read while she was sick, the outpouring of love from her school community was very evident.
Last night, as we were watching our wedding video, we saw her go through our receiving line, and I noticed that I leaned over and took I few extra seconds to talk to her.
I can't remember what I said, but I'm sure it was a happy exchange from the looks on our faces.
I'm glad that she was there for our special moment, and am glad that we had a chance to be at her wedding a few years later.
For those of you that remember reading my blog back in late February, you might not have known why I was writing about this topic... so it probably makes more sense now, and I hope it resonates in your own life (and ultimately in your classroom).
I tell my students all the time that I don't like to say things more than once... but this one is different, and is definitely worth it:
Live life to its fullest... and enjoy the people you are lucky enough to have in your life.
Hope you have a "powerful" day!!!!