Every day we are called to do
small things with great love.
Our neighborhood school won’t open in the usual way this year. Like communities everywhere, administrators, teachers and parents collaborated with health experts and came up with a plan. As I prayed for all concerned, I also breathed a sigh of relief because I wouldn’t be returning to a classroom this year. Every person involved with educating our children, including moms and dads, grandparents and caretakers, deserves our admiration and needs our support just now.
In our family, the ongoing patience and ingenuity of my daughters-in-law and their husbands in this regard truly amazed me when their homes became classrooms last March. Our grandchildren responded in kind by cooperating as best they could. All of the educators and parents who kept their cool and the children who took their cues certainly made the most of what could have been an even more trying time.
In the end, the last quarter of the 2019-2020 School Year was indeed productive.
As the onset of the new school year approaches, let’s pray that this year will unfold even more productively for all concerned. It seems to me that the eleven words above which I cite from Mother Teresa make an important point. Countless acts of love -tiny, heroic moments at laptops and during Zoom lessons and in conversations about the assignment at hand- will bolster our children’s spirits rather than break them. When we choose calm over anger, patience over impatience, persistence in spite of our weariness and kindness in the midst of our frustration, we teach our greatest lessons and do our greatest work. Every single one involved will be better as a result.
Loving God, be with all of the adults and children who will work together to make this a nurturing and productive school year.
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