OLW – Reflecting

In January, I chose my OLW and wrote about it here. Little did I know then, how much I would miss my room with its daily parade of small groups of students, teachers, and friends.

I didn’t know then how soon I would face the days of unstructured time. It’s been hard to have my retiring year abruptly end without the opportunity to feel finished, to feel closure, and to say goodbye.

I didn’t know then how much room (brainspace) I would need to learn new tools and best practices for distance learning.

I didn’t know then that I would be home facing rooms that need organizing. With unmeasured days ahead, I’m trying to do a little bit each day.

Now I know that the room in my heart hurts for those suffering physically, emotionally, financially, or in any other way due to COVID19. I worry for kids who might be hungry or worried that mom or dad can’t go to work.

Now I know I must also keep room for joy. I find joy when I hear from my family. I find joy when I walk and hear children playing and see them riding their bikes. I find joy when I connect with teachers online.

I hope we can all find a room for peace amidst the uncertainty.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. natashadomina
    Mar 30, 2020 @ 21:57:50

    I really enjoyed the structure of this–the “I didn’t know then… Now I know …” What a hard way to end your last year before retirement! I went back and read your post about choosing your word, and then reread this piece, enjoying how you wove in your word throughout the whole slice.


  2. Donnetta Norris
    Mar 30, 2020 @ 22:54:55

    It is a good thing to find the positive in the midst of such uncertainty. I find that when I focus on it too long, I can find myself in my emotions. Joy, Grace, Gratitude…words I try to remember often.


  3. Lainie Levin
    Apr 01, 2020 @ 19:01:07

    Absolutely! Although something tells me that, like a dandelion pushing through a crack in the asphalt, joy will find a way to squeeze in. =)


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