I’m not sure how I got to this tweet – I have an account but I only find myself on Twitter when I click a link on a blog post or Instagram. This one speaks into my thinking lately.
I am an educator, or I was before I retired last month. I always wanted to be a teacher. As a child, I spent hours playing school with my dolls and bears. I don’t think I will ever stop being an educator because it is a core part of my story. I firmly believe in the importance of being in the classroom. There are skills to be learned when you have to listen to other perspectives, take turns, problem solve, and negotiate. But right now, for this time in our lives, we also have to think about health and wellness. It is going to be a tough call, one that will feel impossible for some.
This is a time when families will have to dig deep and make the best decision they can, not for a lifetime but for the next few months. And then families can review those decisions as choose to stay the course or move in a different direction. It won’t be perfect. And in many cases, it won’t be fair.
Every family has a story. My prayer is that we will respect, support, and encourage families as they navigate this decision. I also pray that we will respect, support, and encourage educators because they also have hard decisions to make. This is not a forever time. What can we do now that will allow us to look back and know we did the best we were able with the information we had?