16 years ago, this morning, my day was just beginning. It was my son’s first day of school.
I was teaching geography, the water cycle to be exact. It was the end of second period when she walked into my room. She looked nervous. The bell rang, the students left, and another class walked in, sat down, and then she spoke. It was a prepared statement. When she was finished, she left the room and took the air right out of that room with her.
Our lives changed in that instant. It was quiet and we waited.
But our lives moved on, we learned to help others and be tolerant and work together. Sometimes it was easy, and other times very difficult. But we’ve moved forward and we look back. Abraham Lincoln wrote,
“The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future.”
It’s been 16 years. This morning, I’ll teach science and U.S. History to 8th graders who hadn’t been born when it happened. I’ll share my passion to learn and grow daily, even just a little. I’ll share the video below with my U.S. History class and speak every name aloud.
16 years later, my son is in college and he has faint memories of the morning, mostly from listening to our stories – he was 3 years 7 months 10 days old. But, I’ll never forget and every time I teach the water cycle, I remember.
I am a teacher. I am a servant leading with my heart, following with my head.
I am passionate, curious, persistent, thoughtful, energetic, positive, dedicated, caring, driven, faithful, thankful and grateful, tenacious, innovative, creative, courageous, strong, always learning, hard-working, diligent, patient (well, sometimes) understanding, inquisitive, old-school, and loving.
It’s gonna be a great day. I know I will make a difference today, and every day forward. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, one little step followed by another.
What will you day to make today a great day?
2 thoughts on “memory, never forget”
that definitely was one of those days I remember so many details of as well. it changed us, and yet in so many ways it seems like we’ve lost our way of honoring and remembering. I am guilty of this too. I’m glad you remember it, in the classroom, and on your blog. thank you.
thank you… memory is a funny thing, so is history. Some things we should never forget, some things we never will forget….my mission is to share my passion for learning from my mistakes, cuz I make a lot of ’em. Today is gonna be a great day – thanks for visiting and smile!